Air Exercise Garuda-VII
#GS-02 International Relations
About Air Exercise Garuda-VII:
- Garuda VII is the seventh edition of the bilateral air exercise between India and France that is taking place after a gap of two years.
- The first edition of the exercise was held in 2003.
- Ex Garuda-VII is also the first occasion for the light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas and the light combat helicopter (LCH) Prachand to participate in any international exercise.
- The exercise, which is due to culminate on November 12, includes four Rafale fighters and one A-330 multi-role tanker transport aircraft from the French side.
- Apart from the LCA and LCH, the IAF contingent consists of Su-30 MK-I, Rafale and Jaguar fighter aircraft, as well as Mi-17 helicopters.
India France Exercises:
- It is a biennial military exercise conducted between India and France.
- It was first conducted in the year 2011.
- The Exercise Shakti aimed to train in counter-terrorism operations and had a semi-terrain set-up for the same.
- It is a bilateral naval exercise between India and France.
- It was first started in 1983, though given its present name in 2001.
- The joint-exercises are held either in the Indian Ocean or Mediterranean Sea with the aim of improving Indo-French coordination on capabilities like cross-deck operations, replenishment-at-sea, minesweeping, anti-submarine warfare and information sharing.
Exercise La Pérouse:
- It is a multilateral maritime exercise led by the French Navy.
- The Indian Navy participated in this exercise for the first time in 2021.