What is more fun than flying a fighter jet? Taking part in a training exercise with the best in the world and that is where some Indian pilots are headed.
Defense minister AK Anthony revealed that India will be taking part in the “Red Flag” exercise, along with NATA and US military allies in August 2008. Given the recent fiasco by the Chinese, this is another slap in their already upset face.
The “Red Flag” exercise, according to the Wiki
The Red Flag exercises, conducted in four-to-six cycles a year by the 414th Combat Training Squadron of the 57th Wing, are very realistic aerial war games. The purpose is to train pilots from the U.S., NATO and other allied countries for real combat situations. This includes the use of “enemy” hardware and live ammunition for bombing exercises within the Nevada Test and Training Range.
With two teams, Blue being the good one and Red being the “enemy” team, Indian pilots will get to see, practice and engage American Pilots from the 57th Wing’s 57th Adversary Tactics Group.
What caught my eyes was the fact that India has recently signed up with Russia to jointly develop a 5th gen. fighter aircraft and transport planes.
Is this the American way of inviting India to do business with them, given that a whole bunch of American defense firms now have offices in India?