REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE AIR FORCE AND INDIAN AIR FORCE IN INAUGURAL BILATERAL AIR EXERCISE
Six F-16C/D Fighting Falcon jets from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will be conducting the first bilateral air exercise, codenamed SINDEX, with the Indian Air Force from 11 to 27 Oct 04.
The F-16s, which had just concluded a 15-day air exercise in France with the French Air Force, flew into Gwalior Air Force Station in Western India for the exercise. Two KC-135 tankers, for air-to-air refuelling, supported the six F-16s during the three-day journey from France to India. The Indian Air Force will deploy Sukhoi-30, MiG-27, MiG-29 and Mirage 2000 aircraft for Ex SINDEX.
SINDEX marks another milestone in the growing defence cooperation between the two countries. The Singapore Armed Forces and the Indian Armed Forces interact regularly through exchange of visits, as well as participation in each others' courses and seminars. SINDEX provides the RSAF with a valuable opportunity to train alongside the Indian Air Force and to conduct air operations in realistic and challenging conditions. The bilateral air exercise will also promote professional exchanges, strengthen the friendship and enhance inter-operability between the two air forces.