617 Squadron fly with Indian AF Jaguars and SU-30s

Operating from HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), RAF 617 Squadron F-35Bs participated alongside Indian Air Force Su-30s and Jaguars, plus Indian Navy MiG-29Ks during exercise Konhan Shakti 21.

Indian AF Jaguar
RAF 617 Squadron F-35Bs fly in formation  with Indian Air Force Sepecat Jaguars and a single Su-30. Indian Air Force

Spanning over four days in the Arabian Sea and concluding on October 27, Konhan Shakti 21  is the first bilateral tri-service exercise as a result of both India and the UK announcing the India-UK roadmap 2030 in May this year. The two nations worked in cohesion through multiple combat scenarios in all domains of maritime aviation operations. 

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Two RAF F-35B Lightning IIs from 617 Squadron fly in formation with an Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30 MKI over the Arabian sea on the final day of Konhan Shakti 21. Indian Air Force

Air to air, air-to-surface, and air-to-sub-surface training missions were carried out throughout the exercise. Konhan Shakti 21 provided both the UK and Indian defence with the opportunity to strengthen interoperability between the two nations in operational combat scenarios of a vast diversity.