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Air Chief Dhanoa to visit Russia from Jul 9-12

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NEW DELHI (PTI): Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa will embark on a four-day visit to Russia starting Tuesday, seeking to further strengthen defence cooperation between the two countries, the IAF said.

"The Chief of Air Staff is scheduled to visit various operational and training units as well as fly a sortie in the Russian trainer aircraft YAK-130," the Indian Air Force said in a statement on Monday.

During his visit from July 9-12, the Air Chief will also interact with senior functionaries of the Russian armed forces, it said.

"The visit would provide further impetus towards defence cooperation as well as strengthen relationship and enable engagement in productive exchanges between the two Air Forces," the statement said.

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