Exercise Desert Flag –VI
successfully culminated on 27 March 2021 with de-induction of the Indian
contingent from UAE says a release from the Ministry of Defence.
Ex Desert Flag is an
annual multi-lateral large force employment exercise hosted by UAE. The sixth
edition of the exercise was conducted from 04 Mar to 27 Mar 21 at Air Force
Base Al Dhafra, UAE.
IAF participated in the exercise for the first time
IAF participated in the
exercise for the first time, fielding Su-30MKI fighter aircraft. Six countries;
UAE, USA, France, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain apart from India participated with
aerial assets. Jordan, Greece, Qatar, Egypt and South Korea participated as
The objectives for the
exercise were to expose coalition participating forces to large force
employment, sharpen tactical capabilities, and enhance interoperability along
with fostering closer relations between the participating forces. The aim for
the participating crew and specialist observers was to expose them to
operational environment in scenarios requiring multinational forces working
together. Timely and seamless induction and de-induction was facilitated by IAF
C-17 Globe master aircraft.
IAF successfully undertook all the planned missions, both by day
During the exercise IAF
flew Large Force Engagement (LFE) missions in near realistic environment involving
many aircraft of varied types. IAF successfully undertook all the planned
missions, both by day and night, without any mission abort. All possible
assistance was provided by UAE Air Force ensuring that all planned activities
were completed in time.
IAF has been actively participating in operational international
exercises, wherein collaborative engagements are enhanced. A multinational
Exercise in UAE with friendly forces afforded a unique opportunity to gain
valuable learning to all the participating forces. The knowledge gained,
lessons learnt and bonds made during the course of Ex Desert Flag-VI will go a
long way in bolstering professional capabilities of the participating forces.