The UAE Air Force provided in-flight refuelling to IAF aircraft on the way on Egypt

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is participating in a month-long Tactical Leadership Programme in Egypt which is aimed at increasing defence cooperation between the two countries.

It is being held at the Egyptian Air Force Weapon School from June 24-July 24 at the Cairo West Airbase.

The IAF is participating with three Su-30MKI aircraft, two C-17 aircraft and 57 IAF personnel (including C-17 contingent), the Ministry of Defence said on Friday.

The IAF team had reached Egypt on Wednesday, after flying nearly six hours non-stop. In-flight refuelling was provided by the UAE Air Force.

"#IAF deeply appreciates the in-flight refuelling provided by @UAE Air Force MRTT aircraft which assisted the IAF Su-30 MkI formation to seamlessly undertake nearly 6 hours non-stop ferry while proceeding to Egypt for the Tactical Leadership Program," the IAF said on Twitter on Friday.

It is a unique exercise with Air assets in a Large Force Engagement environment, simulating various conflict scenarios. The exercise is aimed at enhancing defence cooperation between the two countries and exchange of best practices, the defence ministry said.

"In the present geopolitical scenario, this exercise provides a unique opportunity to showcase reach and capability of the IAF," the ministry pointed out.

It will also provide an opportunity to showcase the Su-30 MKI manufactured in India by HAL and India's expertise for deeper indigenisation of spares and components, it added.