1. In a rare move, while contingents of other participating nations in the massive “war drill” feature fighter aircraft, the Indian Air Force (IAF) decided to send C-130J Super Hercules aircraft along with Garud commandos who will be training for a week each with Israeli Air Force’s elite units – Unit 5101 (more commonly referred to as the Shaldag Commando unit) and Unit 669 (Airborne Rescue And Evacuation Unit).
2. The 45-member Indian contingent, including 16 Garud commandos, led by Group Captain Maluk Singh, is also closely working with Israel’s select special forces during the Blue Flag aerial training exercise with focus on learning what makes them excel at special operations.
3. India is looking to boost its special forces capabilities, including cross-border counter-terrorist operations, by participating for the first time in a major military drill with the air forces of Israel and eight other nations.
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