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IAF plans joint exercise with Singapore Air force
After proving their mettle in joint exercise with the US Air Force F-15's, Indian Air Force pilots and frontline warplanes would get a chance to cross swords with the F-16 fighter aircraft, the mainstay of its adversary Pakistan, during exercises with the Singapore Air force next month.

In the exercise aptly codenamed 'Ankush' (check), IAF main fighters like the just inducted Su-30MKI, Jaguars, Mirage 2000, MiG 21, MiG 27 and upgraded Mig 21 bisons would match skills with six Singapore Air Force F-16's for over 15 days from second half of October, according to IAF sources here.

The clash would again take place over the skies of Gwalior, where last year, the IAF pilots in SU-30's proved more than the match for the US Air Forces F-15 fighters, in the first ever fighter to fighter exercises held with a foreign air force.

But this time, the IAF would have a chance to match their skills against the much vaunted F-16, labelled as one of the most manoeuvrable fighters in the world.

The US Air Force had last year turned down Indian request to bring in the F-16, fighting falcons, but the Singapore Air Force has no such qualms.

The Singapore air force is also bringing in a C-130 Hercules for the exercise.

Posted by Jehangir Unwalla @ 7:16 AM


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