It was the day and night exercise ‘Vayu Shakti’ where the Indian Air force showed the whole world that how prepared they are. There was a display of fire power destroying various enemy places on ground and also in air as the Indian fire arms destroyed various targets with different types of missiles.
The atmosphere at the exercise spot was charged up with enthusiasm and pride as the Indian Air Force confidently displayed its prowess. There were fighter aircraft including Su- 30, upgrade Mig-27, LCA- Tejas, Mirage- 2000, Mig- 21, Bison and Hawk and also weaponised version of the indigenous advanced light helicopter.
As the exercise started it was zeal when these fighter planes started destroying transporter erector launchers of the enemy from surface to surface missiles showing the swing role capability built in Tejas aircraft that destroys an aerial target with a missile. Then bombs started coming down on earth destroying the targets of enemies.
The exercise also showed the confidence and courage of Indian forces working day and night. At dusk, heliborne operation was started with bambi bucket operation to put large fires and troop insertion by low hover jump and rappelled. Garud Special Force also presented the display of anti insurgency operations in an urban area of Thar.
Interesting and amazing was the flypast of airborne early warning and control aircraft which was displayed during the light in the day. When sun started settling in the west, paradrop of Garud Special Force showed paradrop from An-32 aircraft displaying anti surgency operations.
The most astonishing show came during night when surface to air guided weapons were displayed including Akash missiles knocking out a target, flying in the sky above. There were also Mi17V5 and helicopters raining rockets regularly proving the enemies that how calculated Indian forces are. Su- 30, Jaguar and Mig- 27 upgraded aircrafts displayed their operations and destroyed the remaining targets.
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM VM ADC Chief of the Air Staff, arrived directly at Pokhran by a C-130 J Hercules aircraft which displayed its short field landing capabilities. The Chief of the Air Staff was received by Air Marshal HS Arora AVSM Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) South Western Air Command. The chief also released a Coffee Table book titled ‘1971 Indo-Pak War: An Aerial Account’.
The Chief of the Air Staff, in his opening address, gave an overview of the display and assured the nation of the Indian Air Force’s commitment to national defence and of its capability to thwart any external aggression. During a short break, the Air Warrior Symphony Orchestra (AWSO) enthralled the audience with its catchy musical performance.
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