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INDIA CONDUCTS EXERCISE VAYU SHAKTI-2019: Details, Aim, Significance, Highlights

India on 18 Feb 2019, conducts a mega exercise, EXERCISE VAYU SHAKTI-2019 involving 140 fighter jets and attack helicopters, in a firepower demonstration was held close to the border with Pakistan at Pokhran in Rajasthan.

he mega exercise, EXERCISE VAYU SHAKTI-2019 displayed the might of the Indian Airforce:

The IAF showcased firepower capability of indigenously-developed platforms like Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and efficacy of Akash surface-to-air missile and Astra air-to-air missile.

For the first time, the ALH and the Akash were deployed in a military exercise.

A total of 137 aircraft including Sukhoi-30s, Mirage 2000s, Jaguars, Mig-21 Bison, Mig-27, Mig-29, IL78, Hercules and AN-32 aircraft participated in this mega exercise.


Vayu Shakti and Gagan Shakti are two important exercises held by Indian Airforce. Exercise Vayu Shakti demonstrates the IAF’s ability to strike targets on the ground such as enemy convoys and tanks, radar stations, railway yards, and military headquarters.

The other important dimension of air power, air-to-air combat is out into display at another exercise of IAF called Gagan Shakti.


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