IN PICS: Indian Air Force puts on display a ‘fire power’ demo, featuring fighter jets and choppers


The Indian Air Force left the sky of Pokhran smoky and lit up with a mega exercise ‘Vayu Shakti 2019’ on Saturday involving several fighter jets and attack helicopters in a ‘fire’ demonstration.

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The mega demonstration was kicked off two days after Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir where at least 45 CRPF personnel were killed by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

The mega demonstration was kicked off two days after Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir where at least 45 CRPF personnel were killed by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

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The exercise involved a total of 137 aircraft including Su-30s, Mirage 2000s, Jaguars, Mig-21 Bison, Mig-27, Mig-29, IL78, Hercules, and AN-32.

The exercise involved a total of 137 aircraft including  Su-30s, Mirage 2000s, Jaguars, Mig-21 Bison, Mig-27, Mig-29, IL78, Hercules, and AN-32.

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The Vayu Shakti exercise demonstrated power of indigenously developed aircraft including Light Combat Aircraft the efficacy of the Akash surface-to-air missile and Astra air-to-air missile.

The Vayu Shakti exercise demonstrated power of indigenously developed aircraft including Light Combat Aircraft  the efficacy of the Akash surface-to-air missile and Astra air-to-air missile.

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Many simulated enemy targets on the ground and in the air were targeted and destroyed through a variety of missiles during the Fire Power Display.

Many simulated enemy targets on the ground and in the air were targeted and destroyed through a variety of missiles during the Fire Power Display.

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The day-and-night power demo featured the ALH and the Akash which were deployed for the first time in a military exercise.

The day-and-night power demo featured the ALH and the Akash which were deployed for the first time in a military exercise.

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Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar — who is an honorary group captain of the IAF along with Armed Forces Tribunal, Justice Virender Singh were present at the mega exercise.

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar — who is an honorary group captain of the IAF along with  Armed Forces Tribunal, Justice Virender Singh were present at the mega exercise.

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