An IL-78 air-to-air refueling aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) refueled an Egyptian Air Force aircraft during exercise ‘Bright Star-23’. The Indian Air Force shared information related to this exercise on Sunday. X, IAF on (formerly Twitter) said, “Demonstrating the bond of friendship in the skies of Egypt during Exercise Bright Star, where an IL-78 air-to-air refueling aircraft of the Indian Air Force engaged the Egyptian Air Force Refueled the plane of.
Earlier, in an important step towards promoting global defense cooperation, a contingent of the Indian Air Force arrived at the Egypt Air Force base on Monday to participate in exercise ‘Bright Star-23’. On this occasion, the Indian Army had tweeted, “Landing at Egypt Air Force Airport in Cairo. Our home for the next three weeks.”
Bonds of friendship in the skies over Egypt.
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) September 3, 2023
Let us tell you that five MiG-29 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force, six transport aircraft and a group of its special forces personnel are participating in the 21-day multilateral exercise that started in Egypt from last Sunday. Officials said that this biennial tri-services exercise – ‘Bright-Star’ is being held at Cairo (West) Air Base and apart from the host nation and India, the armies of US, Saudi Arabia, Greece and Qatar are participating in it.
Indian Air Force is participating in this exercise for the first time. The Air Force said that the Air Force team includes five MiG-29, two IL-78, two C-130 and two C-17 aircraft. Apart from the personnel of the Garuda Special Forces of the Indian Air Force, personnel from No. 28, 77, 78 and 81 Squadrons are also participating in this exercise. About 150 soldiers of the Indian Army are also a part of the Indian contingent.
The Air Force said in a statement, “Its objective is to practice the planning and execution of joint operations. Such exercises help in strengthening the strategic relationship between the partner countries, apart from building relations across borders. India and Egypt Egypt has “an extraordinary relationship and deep cooperation and both jointly developed aero-engines and aircraft in the 1960s and Egyptian pilots were trained by Indian counterparts.”
Let us tell you that the defense and strategic cooperation between India and Egypt has increased in the last few years. The armies of both the countries had conducted the first joint exercise in January this year. Egypt has already shown interest in buying Tejas light combat aircraft, radars, military helicopters and other military equipment from India. The IAF had participated in a month-long strategic leadership program in Egypt in July last year with three Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft and two C-17 transport aircraft. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh had made a three-day visit to Egypt in September last year.