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India, Oman to hold joint air exercise in Thumrait

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OMAN (PTI): Indian Air Force Jaguars will operate along with F-16 fighters and Jaguars of the Royal Air Force of Oman as they participate in the week-long joint air exercise between them in Thumrait (Oman).

Six Indian Air Force (IAF) Jaguars arrived at the airbase of the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) here to join the exercise codenamed 'Eastern Bridge' from Saturday.

The exercise would witness RAFO Jaguars and F-16 Block 50+ fighters operating for the first time alongside IAF Jaguars.

While RAFO fighters participating in the air exercise are based at Thumrait, the IAF Jaguars have flown in from Gorakhpur airbase in Uttar Pradesh.

RAFO Thumrait Station Commander Air Commodore Matar Bin Ali Bin Matar Al-Obadani and Commanding Officers of the two RAFO Jaguar squadrons and the F-16 squadron based at Thumrait received the IAF contingent for the air exercise.

The IAF formations on arrival, carried out a swift fly-past over Thumrait airfield at 500 feet before peeling off to land individually, IAF spokesperson Wing Commander T K Singha, who is part of the contingent, said.

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