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About The Exercise Bright Star-23

Context:

Recently, an Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent departed to participate in Exercise BRIGHT STAR-23, scheduled to be held at Cairo (West) Air Base, Egypt, from 27 August to 16 September 2023.

Relevance:

Facts for Prelims

EXERCISE BRIGHT STAR-23

  • Nature: Biennial multilateral tri-service exercise.
  • Origins: Initiated in 1980, arising from the Egypt-Israel peace treaty, with US involvement.
  • IAF’s Debut: Marks the first participation of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Ex BRIGHT STAR-23.
  • Participating Countries: United States of America, Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Qatar.
  • IAF Contingent: Comprises five MiG-29, two IL-78, two C-130, and two C-17 aircraft.
  • Personnel Inclusion: Involves IAF’s Garud Special Forces, and members from Squadrons 28, 77, 78, and 81.
  • Objective: Focuses on joint operation planning and execution. Facilitates cross-border bonding and enhances strategic relations among participants.
  • India-Egypt Relations: Historic partnership with collaborative efforts in aero-engine and aircraft development during the 1960s, along with pilot training exchanges.

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