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The Indian Air Force (IAF) has returned triumphantly from the recently concluded Red Flag exercise, a premier aerial combat training event hosted by the United States Air Force (USAF) in Alaska. This year’s edition, held from June 4th to 14th at Eielson Air Force Base, saw the IAF’s Rafale fighters emerge as clear standouts.

The IAF Rafales engaged in simulated long-range Beyond-Visual-Range (BVR) missions, facing off against US F-16s and Singaporean F-16s. Reports indicate that the Rafales emerged with the upper hand in these BVR encounters, showcasing their advanced capabilities.

One of the key takeaways from the exercise, according to the IAF, was the insight gained on interoperability with international partners. The Red Flag exercise provided a unique opportunity for the IAF to understand and collaborate on employment philosophies in a multinational environment. This experience is invaluable in enhancing operational tactics and strategies through shared learning and cooperation.

The exercise also offered an enriching and thrilling experience, particularly for the younger crew members. The IAF highlighted the significance of the long-distance ferrying experience, which included undertaking air-to-air refueling en route. This practical exposure is critical in building confidence and proficiency in extended operations.

The Rafales’ performance against the well-regarded F-16s of the US and Singaporean air forces demonstrates the advanced technology and combat readiness of India’s latest acquisition. This also reflects India’s commitment to maintaining a robust and modern air force capable of engaging in complex multinational operations.