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Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa to visit France

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Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff, will be on an official visit to France from July 17-20.
 
An official press release said the visit was aimed at further strengthening of the existing defence cooperation between the Air Forces of the two countries. 
 
The areas of cooperation presently include exchanges in military training courses, mutual visits by subject matter experts and joint air exercises, the release said.
 
During his stay in France, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) is scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with the senior military officials of the French Armed Forces. The challenges faced by the Armed Forces of both the countries in the current geo-political scenario are expected to be discussed during these meetings, it said.
 
"The main focus of the visit will be on improving bilateral relations, promote Defence ties, and outline further areas of  defence cooperation between the two countries. The CAS will visit Headquarters of French Air Force and a few operational Air Bases. The CAS would interact with representatives of Military Aviation Industry in France and visit Indian Rafale PMT Infrastructure. The CAS is also planned to fly a sortie in Rafale.
 
"This visit of the Air Chief would provide further impetus towards increasing defence cooperation between the two Air Forces and pave the way for greater interaction and cooperation in the future," he added.
 
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