IAF flies 11,000 sorties in mega GaganShakti drill
NEW DELHI: The IAF flew as many as 11,000 sorties during the just-concluded massive GaganShakti exercise, which saw the force testing its war-fighting drills on both the western front with Pakistan and northern one with China, with even CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) attack scenarios coming into play.
“Of the 11,000 sorties during the pan-India exercise from April 8-22, around 9,000 were of fighters like Sukhoi-30MKIs, Mirage-2000s, Jaguars, MiG-29s, MiG-21s, MiG-27s, Tejas and the Hawk advanced jet trainers (in a combat support role),” said an officer on Tuesday.
“Tejas was able to match other fighters with six sorties each day. Overall, we ensured 80% serviceability (operational availability) of different aircraft during the exercise, with 97% for radars and missile systems. During actual war, we would also take calculated risks to generate even more sorties,” said the officer.
As earlier reported by TOI, the first phase of the high-voltage exercise saw a staggering 5,000 sorties by fighters during a three-day “surge” in air combat operations on the western front, with the IAF then switching its forces in 48 hours to the northern borders with China from Ladakh to Arunachal.
The aim of the exercise, which also witnessed activation of civil airfields, was to validate the IAF’s full spectrum capability, with real time coordination, deployment and employment of air power in a short and intense battle scenario.
Tiny-6 hours ago
Pappu and his CONsParty will call this a wastage of pocketable money they could have earned by compromising nation security .
Good-6 hours ago
Message should be clear to our neighbouring adversaries - "Mess with us and we will mess you up".
Sudarshan Nindrajog-7 hours ago
Good to see that Airforce is fit to fight any misadventure by an enemy
Bala Srinivasan-saginaw USA-7 hours ago
Good to observe the conviction&capability displayed by Indian AirForce.
Tom Joad-5 hours ago
Salute to the Indian Air Force and to Air Chief Marshall B. S. Dhanoa. The country needs more funds to update the fleet of aircraft of all kinds. Strategic Airlifters, forward landing grounds, awacs, and defense systems like the s-400.
Rajeev S-Jhumri Talaiyya-5 hours ago
Indian Armed forces should be battle ready all the time.
Tiny-4 hours ago
Tejas poor performence shows how the reservation policy started by the Nehruvian CONsParty has crippled DRDO and overall development of India .