For the first time in India and United Arab Emirates History, Indian Air Force is participating in the Exercise Desert Flag-VI, hosted by the United Arab Emirates Air Force.

  • The Ex Desert Flag is an annual multinational large force employment warfare exercise hosted by the United Arab Emirates Air Force.
  • Aim: To provide operational exposure to the participating forces while training them to undertake simulated air combat operations in a controlled environment.
  • Exercise Desert Flag-VI
    • Duration: It is about a 3-week long exercise scheduled from 3- 27 March 2021 at Al-Dhafra air base, Emirates.
    • Participants: The United Arab Emirates Air Force, Indian Air Force, United States Air Force, French Air and Space Force, Royal Saudi Air Force, Republic of Korea Air Force and Royal Bahraini Air Force.
    • India’s Participation: 6 Su-30 MKI, two C-17 Globemasters and one IL-78 tanker aircraft.
  • Joint Military Exercises with the Emirates
    • With the Emirates, India has In-UAE BILAT (bilateral naval exercise) as well as Desert Eagle-II (bilateral air force exercise).
  • Recent Engagements
    • India participated in the NAVDEX 21 (Naval Defence Exhibition) and IDEX 21 (International Defence Exhibition).
      • The exhibitions showcase the latest technologies and innovation in the global defence sector, support the growth of Emirate’s defence industry, and forge new relationships between major international companies.
  • Examples of Other Multinational Exercises
    • Pitch Black: Biennial, multilateral air combat training exercise of Australia.
    • Red Flag: Multilateral air exercise of the United States of America.

Indian Air Force participate in Exercise Desert Flag-VI in UAE Indian Air Force participate in Exercise Desert Flag-VI in UAE