Success in French-Indo-Singaporean "Garuda" Air Exercises : 14 to 25 June 2010
The French, Singapore and Indian Air Forces conducted a joint exercise termed as Garuda, which took place at the air bases of Orange and Istres from 14 to 25 June 2010.
For the first time, the exercise has benefited from Singapore’s participation. The RSAF’s six F-16D fighter jets have crossed a distance of 11500km, accompanied by two KC-135R tanker aircrafts and a team of 180 personnel for the occasion.
Alongside nine French Mirage 2000 and six Indian Sukhoi SU-30 jets as well as freight and refueling aircrafts, they engaged in day and night land attack and air defence missions.
Taking place either in France or in India every two to three years, Garuda aims to strengthen the level of interoperability between French and foreign crews in as realistic operational scenarios as possible.
Singapore’s participation bears witness to the quality of the relations between our air forces, which rest upon the presence, for more than a decade, of the training school for Singaporean fighter pilots at the Cazaux air base.