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‘Desert Knight’ shows how quickly we have adapted to Rafale fighter jets: CDS Bipin Rawat

By Times Now

The joint defence exercise between India and France in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur on Thursday witnessed the roaring Rafale fighter jets take to the skies alongside aerial beasts Sukhoi-30s and Mirages, and this, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat believes, is the most significant takeaway from the exercise.

Rawat observed that the Indo-French war games have showcased the ability of Indian Air Force pilots to quickly adapt to new combat aircraft fleet like the Rafale, and said that IAF is now in the same league as top air forces in the world.

After flying in an Airbus-330 Multirole Tanker Transport Aircraft at the exercise today, the senior most defence officer in the country stated that he was impressed with the way Indian pilots quickly learned how to manoeuvre and refuel from the French aircraft in the Indian skies.

“Today we have witnessed the exercise Desert Knight 2021 and the significance of this exercise is that the Rafale fighter which has been inducted recently in our Air Force and the French Rafale aircraft along with our (Indian) Su-30s

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