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Five MiG-29 jets of IAF participating in mega war game in Egypt

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NEW DELHI, Aug 27 (PTI) The Indian Air Force (IAF) deployed five MiG-29 combat jets, six transport
aircraft and a group of its special forces personnel at a 21-day multilateral war game in Egypt that
began on Sunday.
The biennial tri-services exercise, Bright-Star, is taking place at Cairo (West) Air Base and it is being
participated by militaries of the US, Saudi Arabia, Greece and Qatar besides of the host country and
India, officials said.
It is for the first time that the IAF is participating in the exercise.
“The IAF contingent will consist of five MiG-29, two IL-78, two C-130 and two C-17 aircraft.
Personnel from the IAF’s Garud special forces, as well as those from the Numbers 28, 77, 78 and 81
squadrons will be participating in the exercise,” the IAF said.
Around 150 personnel from the Indian Army are also part of the Indian contingent.
“The objective of the exercise is to practice planning and execution of joint operations,” the IAF said
in a statement.
“Besides leading to the formation of bonding across borders, such interactions also provide a means
to further strategic relations between participating nations,” it said.
It said India and Egypt have had “exceptional relationship and deep cooperation wherein the two
jointly undertook development of aero-engine and aircraft in 1960s and training of Egyptian pilots
was done by Indian counterparts.”

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