Indian Air Force to Participate in Exercise Desert Flag VIII

First International Exercise outside India for LCA Tejas

February 25, 2023 Photo(s): By PRO (Air Force)

An Indian Air Force contingent comprising of 110 Air Warriors has arrived at Al Dahfra airbase of United Arab Emirates for participating in Exercise Desert Flag VIII. The IAF would be participating with five LCA Tejas and two C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. This is the first occasion when the LCA Tejas shall participate in an international flying exercise outside India.

Exercise Desert Flag is a multilateral air exercise in which Air Forces from UAE, France, Kuwait, Australia, UK, Bahrain, Morocco, Spain, Republic of Korea, and USA would also be participating. The exercise is scheduled from February 27, 2023 to March 17, 2023.

The aim of the exercise is to participate in diverse fighter engagements and learn from the best practices of various Air Forces.

LCA Tejas crew departing for Exercise Desert Flag VIII
LCA Tejas participating in Exercise Desert Flag VIII
File image of LCA Tejas