Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman witnesses IAF exercise in northeast sector

Marco Green
April 21, 2018

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

The two-week long exercise will involve nearly the entire assets of the IAF, including its fighter squadrons, and will be used to assess war waging might of the force.

Gagan Shakti is the biggest nation-wide air exercise undertaken by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in recent times.

After Pasighat, Sitharaman proceeded to visit the Air to Ground weapons range at Dullong Mukh, where a strike package of Su-30 aircraft orchestrated a concentrated delivery of Laser Guided 1000 Lbs, conventional 1000 Lbs and 100 Kg bombs. The Su-30 aircraft has also showcased its strategic reach by operating from the easternmost air bases on the peninsula and engaging maritime targets well out into the western seaboard with the support of air-to-air refuelling.

"The exercise has shown that we are capable of overpowering our enemies".

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will visit China from April 23 to 25 to participate in a preparatory meeting related to upcoming summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). Heavy vehicles landed in front of me at the advanced landing ground (ALG) at Pasighat (in Arunachal Pradesh).

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, who was also present at the event stressed on the need to expand the ALG in Pasighat. "It is not a question of the IAF operating there but to also provide aerial connectivity to people in the north-east".

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