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Exercise Desert Knight concludes: India set for 6th gen capabilities

By One India

Eight Rafale aircraft have already arrived in India and three more are expected by the end of this month, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria said. The IAF chief was speaking at a press conference after the conclusion of ‘Exercise Desert Knight-21’ held in Jodhpur by the air forces of India and France.

Eight Rafale aircraft have already arrived in India and three more are expected by the end of this month, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria said. The IAF chief was speaking at a press conference after the conclusion of ‘Exercise Desert Knight-21’ held in Jodhpur by the air forces of India and France.

“Our present vision is to incorporate all the latest technologies and sensors in our fifth-generation aircraft,” Bhadauria said. “We started work on fifth-generation aircraft a little late. So technologies and sensors contemporary to that period of development would be added into fifth-generation fighters,” he added.

Bhadauria said when IAF received the Rafale aircraft, the first priority was to operationalise it and integrate it with the existing combat fleet. “It has already been done, and the current exercise Desert Knight was the result of that,” he said.

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