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SOURCE: AIR TECHNOLOGY

The Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) are conducting joint military training (JMT) at Kalaikunda Air Force Station in India. The RSAF has deployed six F-16C/D fighter aircraft for training alongside IAF’s six SU-30MKI fighter aircraft for the JMT, being conducted from 31 October to 12 December 2019.

The tenth edition of the JMT exercise includes an air-sea training component, which the Indian Navy assets are supporting for the first time. JMT is expected to enable the aircrew from both airforces to improve operational skills and enhance interoperability through training such as air combat and mission-oriented training.

RSAF Air Combat Command Commander Brigadier-General Ho Kum Luen said: “Since the conduct of the first JMT in 2008, the exercise has grown in scale and complexity with advanced fighter assets from both countries training together to enhance our interoperability.

“The scope of the exercise, which includes both air-to-air and air-to-surface scenarios, provides realistic training and increases the operational readiness for both airforces.

“The RSAF values the opportunity to train alongside our counterparts from India, which enhances our competencies and also builds mutual trust amongst our people.”

IAF Eastern Air Command Senior Air Staff Officer Air Marshal VR Chaudhari said: “JMT provides the IAF and the RSAF, both being professional and capable airforces, with excellent opportunities to train alongside each other.

“Through this exercise, our IAF personnel also have the opportunity to further our interactions with the RSAF counterparts.

“This tenth edition of JMT is testament to our strong relationship and the lasting friendship that we have built over the years.”

JMT is held under the Air Force Bilateral Agreement, which was signed in 2007 and renewed in 2017. In addition to the JMT, both airforces interact through regular visits, cross-attendance of courses and other professional exchanges.