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Indian Airforce displays its might in Exercise Vayu Shakti- 2019

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.
Indian Airforce displays its might in Exercise Vayu Shakti- 2019

About Exercise Vayu Shakti-2019:

  • 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.

About exercises Vayu Shakti and Gagan Shakti:

  • Vayu Shakti and Gagan Shakti are two important exercises held by Indian Airforce.
  • Exercise Vayu Shakti demonstrtaes 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.

Question:

Q. Which exercise involving 140 fighter jets and attack helicopters, in a firepower demonstration was held close to the border with Pakistan at Pokhran in Rajasthan?
a. Exercise Nabh Shakti- 2019
b. Exercise Vayu Shakti- 2019
c. Exercise Akash Shakti- 2019
d. None of the above
Indian Airforce displays its might in Exercise Vayu Shakti- 2019 Indian Airforce displays its might in Exercise Vayu Shakti- 2019 Reviewed by Inderjeet Virdi on February 19, 2019 Rating: 5

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