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The Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent touched down today at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, USA, ready to participate in the upcoming Red Flag 24 exercise. This prestigious multi-national event provides a vital training ground for aircrews from around the world.

Eight IAF Rafale fighter jets, known for their advanced capabilities, spearheaded the transatlantic journey. Accompanying them were a C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft and an IL-78 mid-air refueling tanker, ensuring logistical support throughout the mission. The contingent’s extended flight included strategic stopovers in Greece and Portugal.

Red Flag 24 is a two-week intensive aerial combat training exercise designed to integrate aircrews from various nations. This immersive experience allows participants to hone their skills in a realistic combat environment, fostering cooperation and interoperability between allied air forces. The IAF’s participation in Red Flag 24 underscores its commitment to international collaboration and maintaining a state-of-the-art fighting force.