Foreign air forces will keenly watch the performance of IAF fighter pilots as they showcase their skills at the world's most advanced 'Red Flag' NATO exercise at Nellis airbase at Nevada in the United States.
"The world is watching us. So let's show them what we are made up of," IAF contingent commander Group Captain D Choudhury told his team of pilots flying eight Su-30 fighters, two IL-78 air-to-air refuellers and an IL-76 heavy-lift transport aircraft as they stepped out of the USAF air base to face their toughest ever challenge starting on Monday.
"We have trained long and hard for this day. It is time to showcase our professionalism," he was quoted by a participating IAF pilot as having told the team at the US base.
Image: An Indian Air Force SU-30 fighter lands at the Nellis airbase.
Reportage: PTI | Photograph: US Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Larry E Reid Jr