IAF to showcase fire power at Pokharan on Feb 28

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, February 22, 2010

The Indian Air Force (IAF) will stage a massive fire power demonstration (FPD), codenamed Vayu Shakti 2010, at the sprawling Chandan Air-to-Ground Range at Pokharan in Rajasthan on February 28.

An official press release said the event would showcase the operational capabilities of the IAF by day, dusk and night. It will also be the first ever display of the IAF's precision strike capability by night, it said.

The release said the FPD would demonstrate the day and night employability of air power by frontline fighter aircraft of the IAF, including Su-30 MKI, Mirage-2000, Jaguar, Mig-21 and Mig-29. The transport aircraft include AN-32, Embraer and IL-76, while Mi-17 1V and Mi-35 attack helicopters will constitute the rotary wing ingredients.

According to the release, for the first time, AWACS will be used to monitor the mammoth exercise while an unmanned aerial vehicle will stream live video images of the target destruction. In addition to the 65 aircraft participating from all IAF Commands, 30 standby aircraft in air and an equal number on ground will make it one of the biggest participation by IAF aircraft in any such FPD ever.

Mock radar sites, tanks, marshalling yards, terrorist camps, runway, BMP (infantry fighting vehicles), blast pens and convoys are among some of the the targets that pilots will seek to destroy. Para-drop and troop insertion of Garud - IAF’s Special Forces to neutralize a terrorist camp will also be on display.

The other attractions will include aerobatics display by Surya Kirans and Sarang, display by IAF sky diving team - Akash Ganga and renditions by IAF Symphonic Orchestra.

The FPD is a collective display of skills and accuracy in weapon delivery by pilots at the end of their training year. The exercise also aids commanders and planners to gain better insight into the potential and deployment capabilities of aerial weapons, the release added.