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India kept its aces up its sleeve
During the Gwalior exercises in February this year, India kept its Su-30 MKI out of the air. The US featured its F-15C fighters from the 19th fighter sqaudron, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, against Indian Jaguars, Mirage 2000s and MIG-21 Bisons.

Despite US requests, India did not use the MKI during the July Cope Thunder multilateral exercises in Alaska either. Interestingly, India and the US were conducting joint air exercises for the first time since 1963. The coming exercises scheduled between October 9-26 in Gwalior, therefore are quite significant in the burgeoning US-India defence relations. The Gwalior exercises in February came under the military jargon of DACT (dissimilar air combat training), and subsequent reports by American pilots in their service journals felt they had been bested by their Indian counterparts.

To be fair, Pakistan's F-16 aircraft are very different compared to the latest variant the US will be fielding against India. These aircraft are the latest in US air-fighting capability and are even used by the Israeli air force. In that respect, the US is being faithful to the letter of its reassurance to Pakistan.

Posted by Jehangir Unwalla @ 4:24 PM


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