Amid Ukraine crisis, India will not participate in Cobra Warriors
In a statement, the Indian Air Force said, “In light of the recent events, IAF has decided not to deploy its aircraft for Exercise Cobra Warrior 2022 in the UK.”
India’s indigenously built fighter aircraft, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas was expected to take part in the multi-nation air exercise ‘Ex Cobra Warrior 22‘ at Waddington, the United Kingdom from March 6 to March 27.
The exercise was aimed at providing operational exposure and sharing best practices amongst the participating Air Forces, thereby enhancing combat capability and forging bonds of friendship.
The exercise is one of the largest annual Royal Air Force exercises and aims to train both pilots and other air specialists in planning and executing complex airborne missions.
These exercises are, as per the RAF, “the most challenging training for aircrew and the final step for those seeking to qualify as Qualified Weapons Instructors (QWI), Qualified Multi-engine Tactics Instructors, QWI Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and [for the] Qualified Space Instructors Course”.
Earlier this month, a 44 member contingent of the Indian Air Force participated in the ‘Singapore Air Show-2022‘ where the force showcased LCA Tejas capabilities.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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