IAF to conduct Exercise Vayu Shakti-24 in Jaisalmer on Feb 17

New Delhi, Feb 2 (UNI) The Indian Air Force (IAF) will conduct Exercise Vayu Shakti-24, where it will demonstrate its offensive and defensive capabilities spanning day and night.

The exercise will take place on February 17 at the Pokhran Air to Ground Range, near Jaisalmer, an official statement said here on Friday.

This year, 121 aircraft, including the indigenous Tejas, Prachand, and Dhruv, will participate in the exercise. Moreover, Rafale, Mirage 2000, Sukhoi-30 MKI, Jaguar, Hawk, C-130J, Chinook, Apache, and Mi-17 will also be part of the exercise.

Indigenous surface-to-air weapon systems Akash and Samar will demonstrate their capability to track and shoot down an intruding aircraft.

Exercise Vayu Shakti will be a demonstration of the IAF’s capability to deliver weapons with long range and precision capability as well as conventional weapons accurately, on time, and with devastating effect while operating from multiple air bases.

Special operations by the IAF transport and helicopter fleets involving the Garuds and Indian Army elements will also be on display.

The last edition of Exercise Vayu Shakti was held on February 16, 2019.

The exercise will also showcase joint operations with the Indian Army, the statement added.

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