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Indian Air Force’s biggest war drill to be held at Pokhran

Source : The Times of India

Indian Air Force’s biggest war drill to be held at Pokhran
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The Indian Air Force’s biggest war exercise Vayushakti-2022 will be held at Pokhran field firing range on March 5. Around 140 planes including 100 fighter planes will take part in the drill. Earlier, the exercise was scheduled to be held on February 10. President Ramnath Kovind, PM Narendra Modi, defence minister Rajnath Singh, chief of three armies and other dignitaries are expected to witness IAF’s grand demonstration of capability.

For the purpose, a meeting of Air Force Station, Jaisalmer station commander group captain Amardeep Singh Pannu and district collector was organised at the Air Force Station on Friday. Pannu sought cooperation of the administration. Officials reviewed the supply of drinking water, power supply, housing arrangements, road repair works at Air Force range and Air Force Station, Jaisalmer, repairing of the main road in Chandan range, its cleanliness and beautification, cleaning of the city, security and traffic arrangements, medical arrangements, internet, etc.

District collector Pratibha Singh assured to extend all cooperation for Vayushakti-2022 and assured that the expected information will be sent on time so that high level arrangements can be made. Officers from the Air Force and administration attended the meeting.

According to Army official sources, IAF has started the preparations in Chandhan range for the fire power demonstration. Many fighter planes are passing over Jaisalmer and practising hitting the targets. According to the sources, many kinds of missiles will be used in this war exercise. Rafale planes will also be used and the MICA missile fitted to it will be a special attraction.

Moreover, Sukhoi-30, MkI, MiG29, LCA Tejas, Mirage 2000, MiG-21 Bison, hawk and jaguar will be part of the exercise. Apache, Chinook and Dhruv helicopters will take part in night operations and will hit targets. This war exercise is held once in three years. Many types of operations will take place in this exercise including defensive counter air, offensive counter air, counter air strike, suppress enemy air defence and target of opportunity. Female pilots are also taking part in this exercise. They will fly MiG-21 Bison fighter planes. Till now, 10 women fighter pilots have confirmed participation and three more are expected to join the exercise.

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