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India and Oman Conducts Joint Aerial Exercise

The Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) conducted a joint aerial exercise to strengthen bilateral and strategic partnership between the two countries.

The ‘Eastern Bridge’ exercise was organized at the RAFO air base on Masirah island in Oman.

According to a Times Of Oman report, close to 150 personnel and six Jaguar aircraft from the Indian Air Force’s No. 6 Squadron, supported by an IL-76 transport aircraft and an IL-78 airborne refueller participated.

RAFO Jaguar, Hawk and F-16 aircraft represented the Omani side.

“India and Oman have a strong cultural and historical relationship,” Indian Air Vice Marshal C. Hari Kumar was quoted as saying.

“This is the third in the series of exercises after ‘Thumrait’ and ‘Jamnagar’,” he said.

Kumar said Oman is the only country in the Gulf Cooperation Council with which India has a bilateral exercise.

“Oman and India are the only two countries in the world to operate the Jaguar,” he said.

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