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Tarang Shakti-2024: Indian Air Force’s First Multinational Air Exercise


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Exercise Tarang Shakti-2024, Red Flag Exercise

Why in the News?

  • The Indian Air Force’s first multinational air exercise, Tarang Shakti-2024, will be held in August.
    • It is inspired by the Red Flag exercise hosted by the US.

Tarang Shakti-2024

  • Originally planned for late 2023, the exercise was postponed.
  • The exercise will be conducted in two distinct phases:
  1. Phase One: Scheduled in southern India during the first two weeks of August.
  2. Phase Two: To be held in the western sector from late August to mid-September.
  • Some countries will partake in both phases, facilitating comprehensive training scenarios, while others will engage in specific phases based on operational objectives.
  • Confirmed Participants:
    • Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, UAE, UK, USA, among others.

Red Flag Exercise 

  • Hosted by USAF: The recently concluded Red Flag exercise at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, involved diverse international participation.
    • IAF Deployment: Deployed eight Rafale fighters, supported by IL-78 mid-air refuellers and C-17 Globemaster aircraft.
    • Combat Simulations: Included scenarios for air combat, with Red and Blue Forces simulating defensive and offensive roles respectively.

Significance of the Exercise

  • The exercise provides a platform to showcase advanced military technologies and capabilities, including fighter jets, transport aircraft, and aerial refuelling systems.
  • This enables participants to demonstrate their equipment’s effectiveness and interoperability in multinational settings.
  • It would enhance regional stability and promote collective security in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • It reinforces India’s role as a key partner in global security initiatives and strengthens diplomatic relations with participating countries.


[2024] Which of the following statements about the Exercise Mitra Shakti-2023 is/ are correct?

  1. This was a joint military exercise between India and Bangladesh.
  2. It commenced in Aundh (Pune).
  3. Joint response during counter-terrorism operations was a goal of this operation.
  4. Indian Air Force was a part of this exercise.

Select the answer using the code given below:

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 1 and 4

(c) 1 and 4

(d) 2, 3 and 4

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