Russian Air Force delegation arrives in India for Avia Indra-2014

An eighteen member Russian Air Force team arrived on Monday at the Halwara Indian Air Force Station in Punjab to participate in Phase II of the Avia Indra-2014 Indo-Russian bilateral exercise, the Indian Ministry of Defence said in a press release. The Russia phase of the exercises was held in August-September 2014.

An eighteen member Russian Air Force team arrived on Monday at the Halwara Indian Air Force Station in Punjab to participate in Phase II of the Avia Indra-2014 Indo-Russian bilateral exercise, the Indian Ministry of Defence said in a press release. The Russia phase of the exercises was held in August-September 2014. 

The delegation is headed by Major General Alexander N Lyapkin and consists of fighter and helicopter aircrew as well as air defence crew among other members, according to the press note, which added that the Russian team will be in India up to November 28. 

The Russian aircrew will be flying the Su-30 MKI, Mi-17 and Mi-35 aircraft along with the Indian Air Force. “The joint exercise will further strengthen the relations between the two air forces taking forward the India – Russia strategic partnership,” the Defence Ministry said.

The commencement of this exercise coincides with the visit of Commander-in-Chief of Russian Federation Air Force Colonel General Viktor Nikolaevich Bondarev, who called on Indian Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha. Bondarev also met India’s new Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

 

 

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