New Delhi (April 04, 2018): The Indian Air Force (IAF) has started Gagan Shakti, the biggest ever war combat game exercise on Pakistan and China borders.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Air Chief Marshal B.S Dhanoa and officials of defence, army and others will arrive on Friday, April 13 to Pokhran. The exercise was started from April 8 and will continue till April 22.At the Pokharan field firing range, IAF’s upgraded Mig 21, Mig 27, Hawk and other fighter planes at Gagan Shakti exercise demonstrated their flying skills along with firing power. These fighter planes hit the targets and enemy’s fake radars, army troops, weapon consignment, petrol pumps, laser controlled bombs, missiles and front gun. The aim of this exercise is real time coordination, deployment and employment of air power in a short and intense battle scenario.The day and night exercises will be carried out in two phases – the first in the western part and the second in the north-eastern part. More than 1100 fighter aircraft and 15000 personnel are taking part in the exercise.
IAF is exercising the entire machinery to validate its concept of operations and war waging capability through Gagan Shakti. With each successive exercise, the lessons learnt in the previous exercises and doctrinal precepts are put to test for developing new concepts. This year the IAF has planned tactics that will be tested in a real time scenario.