Defence ties: Indian Air Force chief on four-day visit to UAE, Oman

New Delhi: In a bid to boost defence ties in the region, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha is on a four day visit to Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Raha proceeded for the tour yesterday. The first part of his visit would be to Oman followed by UAE where he will interact with the Ambassador of India to Oman and Chief of the Royal Air Force of Oman (CRAFO).

The visit to the Sultanate of Oman would begin with a review of a Guard of Honour at HQ Sultan Armed Forces (SAF), the Military Technical College, Seeb Air Base, Thumrait Air Base and Salalah Air Base, an official statement said.

The visit to the UAE would include a Guard of Honour at Al Dhafra Air Base followed by a visit to the F-16 and Mirage-2000 Squadrons.

A visit to the Missile Air Warfare Centre, transport Squadron, KBZ Air college, aviation Squadron and Al Minhad Air Base is planned thereafter.

During the visit, Air Chief Marshal Raha is scheduled to hold talks with senior military leadership and discuss a wide range of bilateral issues on enhancing defence cooperation between the two countries.

The commonalities and exchange of best safety practices between both the Air Forces will be discussed during the visit, the statement said.