An Indian Air Power (IAF) contingent that arrived in France on Friday has been engaged in a apply session for the upcoming Bastille Day celebrations scheduled to be held within the European nation on July 14.
Taking to Twitter, the Indian Air Power knowledgeable of the apply session being carried out by the IAF contingent, which can take part in France’s Nationwide Day subsequent week.
“The Warriors in Blue, All set to Sizzle on the Avenues des Champs Elysee. #BastilleDay #SwingIt,” the Indian Air Power tweeted.
— Indian Air Power (@IAF_MCC) July 9, 2023
An Indian Air Power (IAF) contingent of 4 Rafale fighter jets, and two C-17 Globemasters, that are slated to take part within the Bastille Day flypast over the Champs Elysees in Paris on July 14, landed on the Evreux-Fauville Air Base in France on Friday.
Officers mentioned that the IAF flying contingent of 4 Rafale plane and a couple of C-17 Globemasters have been welcomed by the French Air and Area Power (FASF).
The officers additionally acknowledged that the Rafales have been refuelled by IAF’s IL-78 tankers whereas flying to France, enabling the Rafales to complete the direct voyage from India to France.
India and France have an extended historical past of cooperation, notably in air energy, as seen by the flypast and march of the IAF air warriors on Bastille Day.
“The flypast and marching by the IAF air warriors on Bastille Day observe an extended affiliation that the 2 nations share, particularly within the area of air energy,” mentioned an official assertion by the Ministry of Defence.
“Many Indians like Welinkar, Shivdev Singh, HC Dewan and Jumbo Majumdar fought over the skies of France throughout the two World Wars. Some, like Jumbo Majumdar, have been additionally embellished for his or her gallant motion, over the Falaise Hole, throughout the terminal section of World Conflict II,” added the official assertion.
The assertion additionally mentioned, “The Indian Air Power has operated a number of French plane beginning with the Ouragan.”
This was adopted by fighter plane like Breguet Alize, Mystere IVA, SEPECAT Jaguar, Mirage 2000 and now, the Rafale. Helicopters just like the Alouette-III & Lama proceed to render yeoman providers to India, particularly within the distant Himalayan areas, it added.
Forward of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s go to to France on its Nationwide Day, French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain just lately expressed the will to have Indian troops take part within the parade and Indian Rafales within the sky to commemorate the twenty fifth anniversary of the strategic partnership between the 2 nations.
Chatting with ANI, Ambassador of France to India, Emmanuel Lenain mentioned, “Effectively, it’s going to be an important go to. India is the visitor of honour on our Bastille Day…our Nationwide Day. Yearly now we have a visitor of honour however this yr, it is rather particular that’s the twenty fifth anniversary of the strategic partnership between France and India and we wished to have Indian troops within the parade and likewise Indian Rafales within the sky.”
The go to of PM Modi is anticipated to set new targets for the strategic, cultural, scientific, tutorial and financial cooperation between the 2 nations.
Speaking about the important thing takeaways from PM Modi’s upcoming go to to France, he mentioned, “There will likely be so much. Every time, there are essential conferences at that stage. There will likely be some new momentum for cooperation. That being the twenty fifth anniversary this yr, we’re going to draft a roadmap to open for brand new cooperation sooner or later, particularly within the area of expertise, the battle in opposition to local weather change, world points, and people-to-people exchanges..there can be numerous information.”
The envoy additionally counseled the camaraderie between President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and emphasised the intention to strengthen the cooperation between the 2 international locations.
India and France are celebrating the twenty fifth anniversary of their Strategic Partnership this yr.
On the invitation of France President Emmanuel Macron, PM Modi would be the Visitor of Honour on France’s Nationwide Day on July 14.
The French conventional army parade is held in Paris throughout Bastille Day on July 14. PM Modi’s go to will coincide with the twenty fifth anniversary of the “strategic partnership” between France and India.
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