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Exercise Orion

Exercise Orion:

Four Rafale fighter jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will soon depart to France to take part in multilateral exercise Orion at Mont-de-Marsan, an Air Force base of the French Air and Space Force (FASF).

  • Exercise Orion is a multinational exercise hosted by the French government.
  • It is reportedly the largest ever multinational exercise being carried out by the French defence forces which have involved their Army, Navy and Air Force.
  • It includes ground troops, warships, aircraft carriers and combat aircraft and is meant to boost military cooperation and interoperability among participating nations.
  • Besides the IAF and the FASF, Air Forces from Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, U.K. and U.S. would also be flying in this multilateral exercise.
  • The IAF contingent will include four Rafale aircraft, two C-17, two IL-78 aircraft and 165 air warriors.
  • This would be the first overseas exercise for the IAF’s Rafale aircraft.