Indian Army arrives into Oxfordshire for Exercise Ajeya Warrior

28/04/2023

On Wednesday, April 26th, a single Indian Air Force Boeing C-17A Globemaster III arrived at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

It has been announced that this aircraft brought in some 200 Indian Army troops for Exercise Ajeya Warrior on Salisbury Plain. The Indian Armies 6th Bn Bihar Regiment will be working with the British Armies 2nd Bn Royal Gurkha Rifles for the next 2 weeks, starting at the beginning of May. 

Ajeya Warrior is a biennial exercise held in both India and the UK. This is the 7th edition of the exercise. The 6th was held in October 2021 in India The aim of the exercise is for both countries to learn how each other operates and strengthen the relationship the UK has with India. 

The Indian C-17 was rumoured to be heading home on Friday, April 28th, and, through a bit of luck, I was lucky enough to be there to witness it depart for home. The aircraft sent was CB-8005, one of 12 C-17s that India operates with 81 Squadron out of Hindon Air Base.