Indian GARUD Commandos with Israel's airborne unit 699 during Blue Flag 2017 joint exercise

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As part of the Blue Flag 2017 aerial exercise, Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Airborne Rescue and Evacuation Unit 669 trains with its Indian counterpart—sharing experience, knowledge, and practices strategic cooperation with a foreign army.

IDF’s Airborne Rescue and Evacuation Unit 669 and its Indian counterpart joined forces in joint search and rescue drills in the Palmachim dunes as part of the larger Blue Flag bi-annual aerial exercise, which started earlier this month and will end on Thursday, Nov. 16.

The Indian counterpart of Unit 669, the Garud Commando Force, is much younger. It was established in 2003, but managed to accumulate considerable operational experience.


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