IAF’s ‘EXERCISE – VAYU SHAKTI-24’ In Rajasthan

  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) showcased its offensive capabilities at the ‘EXERCISE – VAYU SHAKTI-24’ event in Rajasthan. 
  • The event began with three Chetak helicopters trooping the National Flag and the Air Force ensign. 
  • Over 120 aircraft displayed the lAF’s offensive capabilities, including the Rafale, Su-30 MKI, MiG-29, Mirage-2000, Tejas, and Hawk. 
  • The Tejas aircraft demonstrated its swing-role capability, destroying an aerial target with a missile and a ground target with bombs. 
  • The IAF also displayed a long-range unmanned drone, which destroyed a simulated enemy radar site with pinpoint accuracy. 
  • Combat support operations included a Containerised Delivery System drop by a C-17 heavy-lift aircraft and an assault landing by a C-130J carrying IAF Special Forces, Garuds. 
  • The Apache attack helicopter demonstrated its firepower for the first time, engaging targets with air-to-ground guided missiles. 
  • IAF Chinook helicopters demonstrated rapid deployment of combat assets by airlifting the Indian Army’s M-777 Ultra-Light Howitzers in an underslung mode. 
  • The indigenous Air Defence Systems, Akash, and SAMAR missile systems were also showcased, destroying multiple aerial targets. 
  • The indigenous Light Combat Helicopter ‘Prachand’ neutralized designated targets with rockets. 
  • A free fall drop by the Akashganga team and flare dispensing by C-130J were also included. 
  • Approximately 50 tonnes of ordnance was dropped in a short span of two hours over an area of two square km.


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