India and its neighborhood- relations



  • For the first time, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is participating in the Exercise Desert Flag-VI, hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force.
  • Ex Desert Flag is an annual multinational large force employment warfare exercise hosted by the UAE Air Force.


To provide operational exposure to the participating forces while training them to undertake simulated air combat operations in a controlled environment.

Exercise Desert Flag-VI:

  • Duration: It isbout a three week long exercise scheduled from 3rd – 27th March 2021 at Al-Dhafra air base, UAE.
  • Participants: The air forces of the UAE, India, United States of America, France, Saudi Arabia, South Koreaand Bahrain.
  • India’s Participation: The IAF is participating with six Su-30 MKI, two C-17 Globemasters and one IL-78 tanker aircraft.

Joint Military Exercises with the UAE:
With the UAE, India has In-UAE BILAT (bilateral naval exercise) as well as Desert Eagle-II (bilateral air force exercise).



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