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Indian Air Force warriors join multinational Orion exercise

In a first, both female and male Indian Air Force warriors are taking part in the ongoing multinational wargame Exercise 'Orion' at Mont-de-Marsan in France.

The multinational wargame codenamed 'Orion' is being hosted by France involving many of its NATO and other important allies. Taking to Twitter, Indian Air Force on Wednesday said, "Busy Minds, Busier Skies! A detailed pre-flight brief is as important as the flight itself. #IAF Air Warriors busy planning their routines during the ongoing #ExOrion 23."

France and India began a military exercise 'Orion' at Mont-de-Marsan, an Air Force base of the French Air and Space Force (FASF) on April 17.

The exercise is being conducted from April 17 to May 5, 2023, with the IAF Contingent comprising four Rafale, two C-17, two ll-78 aircraft and 165 air warriors. This is the first overseas exercise for the IAF's Rafale aircraft, according to the statement released by Defence Ministry.

"Besides the IAF and the FASF, Air Forces from Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Spain and the United States would also be flying in this multilateral exercise. Participation in this exercise would further enrich the employment philosophy of the India Air Force, by imbibing the best practices from other Air Forces," the statement read.

Earlier, defence officials said that Indian Rafale combat aircraft are likely to participate in a multinational wargame codenamed Orion which is being hosted by France and involving many of its NATO and other important allies.

Orion is reportedly the largest ever multinational exercise being carried out by the French defence forces which have involved their Army, Navy and Air Force along with their allies the US and the UK.

Over 7,000 NATO troops have reportedly taken part in the drill involving the land forces of their NATO allies.


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