Sunday, February 27, 2022

Air Force on standby, pulls out of UK drill

New Delhi: The IAF is keeping its transport aircraft on stand-by if the need arises to supplement Air India's ongoing effort to evacuate Indian nationals from war-hit Ukraine, even as a multi-nation exercise, which the force was to take part in the UK next month, now stands cancelled.

The government has told the defence ministry that while commercial aircraft are being deployed to evacuate Indians from Ukraine, the IAF should be ready for the "provision of airlift" if required. The IAF is "geared up" to respond to any contingency with its C-130J Super Hercules and C-17 Globemaster-III aircraft, which were used to airlift Indians stranded in Afghanistan.

The IAF had virtually decided to pull out of the exercise in view of the "unpredictable situation" arising out of the Ukraine crisis when news of the exercise itself being scrapped came in.

27/02/22 Times of India

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