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IAF shows its air dominance on western, eastern seaboards

IANS  |  New Delhi 

As part of its largest war preparedness exercise in three decades, the (IAF) in a massive show of strength demonstrated its air dominance over the entire extended area of the in support of the on Tuesday.

Some 1,100 combat and transport fixed wing aircraft and helicopters are taking part in the April 10-23 exercise by 300 officers and 1,500 airmen for all terrain operations -- desert, high altitude, maritime scenarios and special operations.

The initial focus of the exercise was along the western border with and has now shifted to the eastern corridor - around the border in the north-eastern states.

During both phases of Gagan Shakti, the IAF effectively exercised its maritime war fighting concepts on both the Western and Eastern seaboards, an IAF said.

"Air Dominance, over the entire extended area of the Region (IOR) in support of the is being demonstrated by employment of combat enablers like the FRA (flight refuelling aircraft) in conjunction with our maritime fighter forces of the and class carrying potent long distance anti shipping weaponry."

The spokespersons said that missions have been flown in the initial phase to address both near and in depth targets over the western sea board utilising and fighter aircraft equipped with the potent Brahmos and Harpoon anti-ship missiles.

The aircraft 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.

After quick repositioning of maritime assets, the focus has now shifted in Phase-II to addressing targets over the eastern sea board right up to the

"The full compliment of maritime assets would now operate from bases in the southern peninsula and Extensive missions would be flown by the Su-30 and in conjunction with the Indian Navy's MR aircraft using long range weapons to refine and practice offensive and defensive tactics against maritime targets."

The said that such demonstrations of extended reach utilising potent standoff weapons in joint coordinated operations with the has adequately showcased the IAF's ability to dominate the and "effectively address any misadventure by an adversary in our area of interest".



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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 19:42 IST