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Indian, French jets begin exercises
February 09, 2003 15:24 IST
Fighter jets of the Indian and French air forces on Sunday began a weeklong joint exercise over Gwalior.
"Operation Garuda, as the exercise is code-named, will begin with four French Mirage 2000 variants, 1AC-135 mid-air refueller and TC8 transport aircraft to carry out war manoeuvres... in conjunction with the IAF's Gwalior-based Mirage 2000 and other fighter variants," air force spokesman Squadron Leader Rajesh Dhingra said.
"This will be for the first time that IAF pilots will get hands-down experience with a mid-air refueller ahead of IAF's acquisition of IL-78 mid-air refuellers from Uzbekistan later this month," he said.