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The German air force, also known as the Luftwaffe, is planning to bring three of its most advanced aircraft – the A400M, A330 MRTT, and Eurofighter Typhoon – to India as part of the country’s international Tarang Shakti exercise. If the timing of the exercise does not coincide with the Luftwaffe’s plans, the aircraft may be deployed to India for “local flying” activities instead.

The A400M is a large military transport aircraft capable of carrying a wide range of cargo, including vehicles, troops, and equipment. It is currently on offer to the Indian Air Force (IAF) under an MTA tender that was issued earlier this year.

The A330 MRTT is a multi-role tanker transport aircraft that can refuel other aircraft in mid-air. It is also on offer to the IAF to meet its requirement for in-flight refuelling capabilities.

The Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine, high-performance fighter jet capable of reaching speeds of up to Mach 2.0. It is one of the world’s most advanced fighter jets and is currently on offer to the IAF under the IAF’s MRFA (Medium Role Fighter Aircraft) tender for 114 fighter jets.

The Luftwaffe’s decision to bring these three aircraft to India is seen as a move to promote them to the IAF, which is currently in the process of modernizing its fleet. The IAF has already expressed interest in all three aircraft, and the Luftwaffe believes that a firsthand demonstration of their capabilities will further strengthen the IAF’s interest.

The Luftwaffe’s participation in the Tarang Shakti exercise or the conduct of local flying activities in India will also provide an opportunity for the two air forces to enhance their cooperation and interoperability. The exercise will involve joint training and tactical exercises, which will help both air forces develop a better understanding of each other’s capabilities and procedures.

Overall, the Luftwaffe’s decision to bring A400Ms, A330s MRTT, and Eurofighter Typhoons to India is a significant development that will further strengthen defence ties between Germany and India. It will also provide an opportunity for the IAF to evaluate these aircraft firsthand and potentially decide to acquire them.

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