The French Contingent, which went to Australia to participate in the Pitch Black 2018, will now take a stopover in India for three days while heading back to France.
Three French fighter aircraft Dassault Rafale are already present in India and conducting an exercise with IAF at Gwalior and Agra Air Force Bases. This will also provide an opportunity for IAF pilots to test their hands on the Rafale, which IAF will be getting next year. The deployment is termed as an “operational mission.”
The French deployment is also aimed at increasing the presence in the region for strategic interest and to deepen relations with one another.