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Amid Ukraine-Russia crisis, India pulls out of multi-nation air exercise in UK​

The Indian Air Force has decided not to deploy its combat jets in a multilateral air exercise in the UK next month in view of the situation arising out of the crisis in Ukraine.​

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Abhishek Bhalla
Abhishek Bhalla New DelhiFebruary 26, 2022UPDATED: February 26, 2022 15:08 IST

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The Indian Air Force has decided not to deploy its combat jets in a multilateral air exercise in the UK next month in view of the situation arising out of the crisis in Ukraine.


India has decided not to deploy its combat jets in a multi-nation air exercise in the UK next month amid the Ukraine-Russia crisis. The Indian Air Force will not deploy its aircraft for Exercise Cobra Warrior 2022 in the UK. The Air Force was to send five LCA Tejas fighter aircraft for the exercise. Air Forces of the UK, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and the US are part of the exercise.


The exercise was to take place from March 6 to 27. There was a possibility of the exercise being completely called off as well.
The exercise was aimed at providing operational exposure and sharing best practices amongst the participating air forces, thereby enhancing combat capability and forging bonds of friendship. "This will be a platform for LCA Tejas to demonstrate its manoeuvrability and operational capability, an official statement had earlier said.
Recently, India's indigenously manufactured Tejas participated in the Singapore air show. India is showcasing Tejas as a potential export item.
The LCA Tejas, indigenously-designed by the Aircraft Development Agency (ADA) of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), is expected to be the backbone of the Indian Air Force in the future, as the mantra is self-reliance through reduced imports.
 

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Amid Ukraine-Russia crisis, India pulls out of multi-nation air exercise in UK​

The Indian Air Force has decided not to deploy its combat jets in a multilateral air exercise in the UK next month in view of the situation arising out of the crisis in Ukraine.​

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Abhishek Bhalla
Abhishek Bhalla New DelhiFebruary 26, 2022UPDATED: February 26, 2022 15:08 IST

Tejas light combat aircraft


The Indian Air Force has decided not to deploy its combat jets in a multilateral air exercise in the UK next month in view of the situation arising out of the crisis in Ukraine.


India has decided not to deploy its combat jets in a multi-nation air exercise in the UK next month amid the Ukraine-Russia crisis. The Indian Air Force will not deploy its aircraft for Exercise Cobra Warrior 2022 in the UK. The Air Force was to send five LCA Tejas fighter aircraft for the exercise. Air Forces of the UK, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and the US are part of the exercise.


The exercise was to take place from March 6 to 27. There was a possibility of the exercise being completely called off as well.
The exercise was aimed at providing operational exposure and sharing best practices amongst the participating air forces, thereby enhancing combat capability and forging bonds of friendship. "This will be a platform for LCA Tejas to demonstrate its manoeuvrability and operational capability, an official statement had earlier said.
Recently, India's indigenously manufactured Tejas participated in the Singapore air show. India is showcasing Tejas as a potential export item.
The LCA Tejas, indigenously-designed by the Aircraft Development Agency (ADA) of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), is expected to be the backbone of the Indian Air Force in the future, as the mantra is self-reliance through reduced imports.
More like UK kicked out these hindutva extremists participation in the event
 

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India pulled out or the exercise itself was canceled? Is any information available?
 

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Though the IAF did not clearly mention the reasons for the pull-out, it is learnt that the deepening crisis in Ukraine following the Russian military attack in that country prompted the decision.​

 

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Snippets from UK: IAF Pulling Out of Air Exercise with RAF A Sign of Turbulent Times​


Off the air: The Indian Air Force predictably pulled out of a set of air exercises it was due to conduct with the Royal Air Force through most of March. No reason was specified, other than pointing to the given situation. Clearly, there are strategic concerns for the Royal Air Force which would want to be in combat mode given the position developing around Ukraine. And India would no doubt have had its own political reasons.

Forward movement: Getting the many thousands of Indian students in Ukraine out of the country has presented a logistical difficulty under challenging circumstances. But much progress has been achieved through tapping the overland route to neighbouring countries and then airlifting them home from there. Support was forthcoming, particularly effective from Romania.

Critical loss: It’s too early yet to be thinking ahead of the academic year of these students, but that is a serious question ahead for them if matters do not return to normal fairly soon, and it does not look like they will. A friendly government and welcoming institutions have made Ukraine attractive to Indian students like never before. Any long-term disruption could have damaging consequences on the lives of these thousands of students.

Tossing waste: Amidst growing reports of shipment of hazardous products and waste to developing countries, Sri Lanka has shown the way forward, or backward rather. It has sent back 263 containers of waste shipped from Britain which were found hazardous in inspection in Sri Lanka. The inspections of dubious shipments from Britain began two years back, and Sri Lankan authorities have kept up the inspections and stuck to their resolve to ship hazardous waste right back to where it came from.
 

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