Three French Rafale planes stopover in India during Indo-Pacific deployment

A contingent of the French Air and Space Force, including three Rafale jets, was hosted in India during the Indo-Pacific deployment, according to a statement issued by the French Embassy in New Delhi.

A contingent of the French Air and Space Force, including three Rafale aircraft, was welcomed for a technical stopover at the Air Force station in the town of Sulur, in the district of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, August 10 and 11, during a long-distance deployment from France to the Pacific Ocean.

From August 10 to September 18, the Air and Space Force is carrying out a major long-range mission in the Indo-Pacific, called Pegase 22.

“The first stage of this mission aims to demonstrate France’s long-range air power projection capability by deploying an Air Force contingent from mainland France to the French territory of New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean in less than 72 hours (August 10-12),” the statement added.

“The Air Force contingent made a technical stop at Sulur Air Base during this unprecedented 16,600 km deployment.”

As part of the Pegase 22 mission, the French Air Force contingent will take part in the “Pitch Black” aerial exercise which will take place in Australia from August 17 to September 10. The Indian Air Force will also participate in this multilateral exercise alongside Australia, Japan, the United States, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and South Korea.

–IANS

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