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US Air Force chief flies India's combat jet Tejas, interacts with IAF personnel

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Feb 3, 2018, 6:05 pm IST
Updated : Feb 3, 2018, 6:06 pm IST

'His visit was a gesture of mutual cooperation between the Indian and the US air forces,' defence officials said.

'We look forward to deepening the relationship between our two air forces,' Goldfein said in his posts on Twitter and Facebook. (Photo: ANI/Twitter)
 'We look forward to deepening the relationship between our two air forces,' Goldfein said in his posts on Twitter and Facebook. (Photo: ANI/Twitter)

Jodhpur: The Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, General David L Goldfein, flew India's indigenous light combat aircraft 'Tejas' at the air force station in Jodhpur on Saturday.

Goldfein, who arrived here on Friday, was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal A P Singh as co-pilot during the sortie, defence officials said.

"General David L Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, is on an official visit to India. He flew a sortie in '#MadeinIndia' LCA Tejas aircraft at AF Stn Jodhpur today," the IAF said on Twitter.

Goldfein interacted with the airmen and pilots at the station on Friday.

"His visit was a gesture of mutual cooperation between the Indian and the US air forces, both of which are considered the best in the world," the official said.

Earlier, General Goldfein had stressed on the "strong relationship" between the two air forces.

"We look forward to deepening the relationship between our two air forces," he said in his posts on Twitter and Facebook.

"Had many great meetings with our @IAF_MCC partners to deepen the relationship between our two air forces. The IAF operates the second largest C-17 fleet in the world & continues to mature their fleet," he added.

Goldfein also sounded optimistic about the military relationship between the two countries, as he added, "I'm also very proud of the strong ongoing relationship forged between the @IAF_MCC & the Rhode Island Air National Guard's 143rd Airlift Wing."

The first squadron of Tejas was inducted into the IAF in July 2016. 

Tags: indian air force, us air force, lca tejas, air vice marshal a p singh
Location: India, Rajasthan, Jodhpur