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Indian Air Force plane arrives in Fiji

November 17, 2014 12:02 am

An Indian Air Force aircraft has arrived in the country this morning ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on Wednesday.

The aircraft is an Illyushin 76MD known as the Gajraj or King Elephant in the Indian Air Force which forms the strategic/heavy transport fleet.

It has brought vehicles believed to be bullet proof for Modi’s entourage as well as his advanced security team.

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Modi who has been described as India’s political rock star is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the country in 33 years.

He is currently in Australia where he attended the G-20 Summit in Brisbane.

Modi arrives at Nausori Airport on Wednesday morning.

He will address Parliament and he will be accorded a full Fijian traditional welcome ceremony at Albert Park.

Meanwhile three US Air Force aircraft at Nadi Airport are due to leave this afternoon.

The three KC135 Aerial Refueling tankers arrived on Thursday and have been on standby as the US President Barack Obama attended the G-20 Summit in Brisbane.

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