Nirmala Sitharaman visits Chabua Air Force Station in Assam

Air Force
Gagan Shakti air exercise continues

GUWAHATI : Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visits Chabua Air Force Station in Assam.

The Defence Minister along with Chief of Air Staff and top Air Force officials visited

Dollungmukh in lower subanshiri to witness ground firing, bombing.

She visited Pasighat to inaugurate the Advance Landing Ground there.

Gagan Shakti is the biggest military exercise in decades undertaken by India to showcase

its air dominance over the entire extended area of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and

the biggest ever war combat game exercise on the Pakistan and China border.

The IAF has mobilized more than 1,100 combat, transport and

rotary wing (helicopter) aircrafts, apart from 300 officers and 1500 airmen.

The IAF is conducting all terrain operations – desert, high altitude, maritime scenarios

and special operations- in real time with specific focus on key areas like aerial combat

air to surface combat, paratrooper assault and medical evacuation.

Air Force started this at western border on april 10th

The first phase of the exercise began on April 10, in which the focus was on the

western border with Pakistan.

In this phase, Su-30 and Jaguar fighter aircraft equipped with the potent Brahmos

and Harpoon Anti-ship missiles addressed in-depth targets over the Western sea boards.

Currently, phase two the combat mission is going on with the focus now shifting to the

eastern corridor – near the China border in the north-eastern states.

This will go on until April 23. To conduct this exercise, the IAF has mobilized more than

1,100 combat, transport and rotary wing (helicopter) aircrafts, apart from 300 officers and 1500 airmen.

The IAF is conducting all terrain operations – desert, high altitude, maritime scenarios

and special operations- in real time with specific focus on key areas like aerial combat, air

to surface combat, paratrooper assault and medical evacuation.

The first phase of the exercise began on April 10, in which the focus was on the western

border with Pakistan.

In this phase, Su-30 and Jaguar fighter aircraft equipped with the potent Brahmos and

Harpoon Anti-ship missiles addressed in-depth targets over the Western sea boards.

Currently, phase two the combat mission is going on with the focus now shifting to the

eastern corridor – near the China border in the north-eastern states.

This will go on until April 23. Extensive missions will be flown by the Su-30 and Jaguar

in conjunction with the Indian Navy’s P-8i MR aircraft using long range weapons to

refine and practice offensive and defensive tactics against maritime targets.

The two-week long exercise will involve almost the entire assets of the IAF, including its

fighter squadrons, and will be used to assess war waging might of the force.

Extensive missions will be flown by the Su-30 and Jaguar in conjunction with the

Indian Navy’s P-8i MR aircraft using long range weapons to refine and practice offensive

and defensive tactics against maritime targets.

The two-week long exercise will involve almost the entire assets of the IAF, including its

fighter squadrons, and will be used to assess war waging might of the force.

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