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Exercise BRIGHT STAR-23

Exercise BRIGHT STAR-23:

An Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent departed to participate in Exercise BRIGHT STAR-23, scheduled to be held at Cairo (West) Air Base, Egypt, from 27 August to 16 September 2023.

  • EXERCISE BRIGHT STAR-23 is a biennial multilateral tri-service exercise.
  • This multinational exercise was launched in 1980 as part of the US-brokered peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.
  • This is the first time that IAF is participating in Ex BRIGHT STAR-23.
  • Participating countries: United States of America, Saudi Arabia, Greece and Qatar.
  • The Indian Air Force contingent will consist of five MiG-29, two IL-78, two C-130 and two C-17 aircraft.
  • Personnel from the IAF’s Garud Special Forces, as well as those from the Numbers 28, 77, 78 and 81 Squadrons, will be participating in the exercise.
  • Objective is to practice planning and execution of joint operations. Besides leading to the formation of bonding across borders, such interactions also provide a means to further strategic relations between participating nations.
  • India and Egypt have had an exceptional relationship and deep cooperation wherein the two jointly undertook the development of aero-engine and aircraft in the 1960s, and training of Egyptian pilots was done by Indian counterparts.