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In pictures: Indian Air Force displays growing combat prowess at Pokhran desert

The IAF demonstrated its combat prowess in a massive day and night exercise featuring missiles, drones and over 120 aircraft including fighter jets and attack helicopters in a breathtaking display of its air power close to the frontier with Pakistan

Our Web Desk Published 18.02.24, 02:15 PM
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IAF's Apache helicopter fires a missile during the Vayu Shakti 2024 exercise at Pokhran Range, in Jaisalmer district. The lAF also showcased its rising capabilities in rapid deployment of combat assets by airlifting weapons like M-777 ultra-light howitzers and other military platforms.

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A fire power demonstration during Vayu Shakti 2024 at Pokhran Range. The mega air exercise came amid the lingering border row with China in eastern Ladakh.

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Members of the Indian Air Force's Akash Ganga team during Vayu Shakti 2024. In keeping with the exercise's theme 'Lightning Strike from the Sky', frontline fighter jets including the Rafale, Su-30 MKI, MiG-29, Mirage-2000 and Tejas attacked and destroyed simulated enemy targets on ground and in the air with deadly precision.

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An Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft releases flares. Night events displayed for the first time the capabilities of indigenous light combat helicopter 'Prachand' wherein it neutralised designated target with rockets. 

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Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan and Chief of the Air Staff VR Chaudhari during Vayu Shakti 2024 at Pokhran Range. Upholding lAF's firm commitment to 'Atmanirbhar Bharat', the indigenously built Tejas aircraft showcased its swing-role capability and destroyed an aerial target with a missile, followed by the engagement of a ground target with bombs.

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Articles being dropped through parachutes during a fire power demonstration at the Vayu Shakti 2024. During the display, approximately 50 tonnes of ordnance was dropped in a short span of two hours over an area of two square km.

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