The Indian Air Force is participating in a bilateral joint exercise with the Royal Air Force Oman (RAFO), named EX EASTERN BRIDGE-V, scheduled from 17–26 October 19 at Air Force Base Masirah. The last exercise, EX EASTERN BRIDGE-IV 2017, was held in Jamnagar. For the first time, MiG-29 fighter aircraft will participate in an international exercise outside India.
The Indian Air Force contingent consists of MiG-29 and C-17 aircraft. The MiG-29 Royal Air Force will practice with Oman’s Eurofighter Typhoon, F-16 and Hawk. This exercise will enhance interoperability during mutual operations between the two air forces and provide an opportunity to learn from each other’s best practices.
The Indian Air Force’s participation in the exercise will also promote professional interaction, experience exchange and operational knowledge. Apart from strengthening bilateral relations, it will also provide a good opportunity for air warriors to work in an international environment.