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IAF chief Dhanoa to visit France from Monday - Fly the Rafale

Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff, is going on a 4-day official visit to France on Monday. The visit is intended to further strengthen the existing defence cooperation between the air forces of the two countries.

The areas of cooperation presently include exchanges in military training courses, mutual visits by subject matter experts and joint air exercises. The Air Chief is also planned to fly a sortie in Rafale fighter.

During his stay in France, the Chief of the Air Staff is scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with the senior military officials of the French Armed Forces.


The challenges faced by the Armed Forces of both the countries in the current geo-political scenario are expected to be discussed during these meetings. The main focus of the visit will be on improving bilateral relations, promote defence ties, and outline further areas of defence cooperation between the two countries.

The CAS will visit headquarters of French Air Force and a few operational air bases. The CAS would interact with representatives of Military Aviation Industry in France and visit Indian Rafale PMT Infrastructure.

This visit of the Air Chief would provide further impetus towards increasing defence cooperation between the two Air Forces and pave the way for greater interaction and cooperation in the future.

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