RED FLAG 24 (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – IR)

News-CRUX-10     1st June 2024        

Context: An Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent recently arrived at the Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska to participate in the prestigious multi-national exercise, Red Flag 24.

Red Flag 24

  • About: It is an advanced training program that spans over a period of two weeks, focusing on honing the skills and tactics required in aerial combat scenarios.

o The exercise is designed to replicate a realistic and challenging environment, bringing together aircrew and equipment from different nations and services.

  • Organized by: United States Air Force Warfare Centre (USAFWC), while the Alaska exercise is managed by the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), a component of the United States’ Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM).
  • Scale and Participation: Approximately 3100 service members are expected to fly, maintain, and support more than 100 aircraft during the exercise.
  • IAF's Involvement: The Indian Air Force deployed Rafale fighter jets for the Red Flag 24 exercise, showcasing international cooperation.
  • Historical Context: Since its inception in 1975, Red Flag exercises have aimed to create a comprehensive learning environment by simulating realistic combat scenarios.
  • Locations: There are two distinct Red Flag exercise locations: Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska.