Indo-French Exercise Desert Knight-21 

Why in News?   

Bilateral Air exercise “Desert Knight-21” between India and France will be conducted at Air Force Station Jodhpur. 

 Key Facts about Desert Knight-21 exercise: 

    • Exercise Desert Knight: Exercise will take place between Indian Air Force (IAF) and the French Air and Space Force. 
      • The French and Indian air forces have been conducting Exercise Garuda for the last several years as part of efforts to boost operational cooperation. 
    • Aim: To provide operational exposure and also help in sharing practices towards enhancing combat capability. 
    • Uniqueness: For the first time ever the both the countries will be using Rafale aircraft in this exercise. 

 Other Exercises of India and France: 

      • Exercise Varuna – Naval exercise 
      • Exercise Shakti – Army exercise 

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