14 Apr '18, 3am

IAF carries out 10,000 sorties of the entire combat fleet in 3 days

IAF carries out 10,000 sorties of the entire combat fleet in 3 days

Aiming to prepare itself for a short and swift two-front war against China and Pakistan, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out around 10,000 sorties of its entire combat aircraft fleet in three days across the country to demonstrate its capability to undertake high intensity operations with the limited number of aircraft available. The 72-hour intense war games were part of the first phase of the Exercise Gaganshakti, which is the biggest-ever war game carried out by the air force to prove its mettle, despite facing shortage of around 10 squadrons fighter aircraft due to lack of inductions and phasing out of the old MiG-series planes. "Almost every combat aircraft of the force carried out six sorties on three consecutive days to demonstrate that we are capable of undertaking high tempo operations with the fleet available to us, and the shortage of combat planes does not h...

Full article: http://www.defencenews.in/article.aspx?id=547597

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