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Indian Air Force to Showcase Prowess in Exercise Vayu Shakti-24

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is gearing up to demonstrate its formidable aerial capabilities in Exercise Vayu Shakti-24, slated for February 17, 2024 at the Pokhran Air to Ground Range near Jaisalmer. This triennial event serves as a testament to the IAF's readiness and operational prowess, showcasing its ability to deliver precision strikes and maintain air superiority in both day and night operations.

New Delhi February 2, 2024 By Neetu Dhulia Photo(s): By Neetu Dhulia / SP Guide Pubns
Air Marshal A.P. Singh, Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Indian Air Force

Get ready to witness the thunderous might of the Indian Air Force (IAF) as it gears up for Exercise Vayu Shakti-24, scheduled for February 17, 2024 at the Pokhran Air to Ground Range near Jaisalmer. This triennial extravaganza, promises an awe-inspiring display of the IAF's offensive and defensive capabilities, featuring day and night operations.

Expect nothing short of a spectacle, with over 120 aircraft set to take center stage. From the indigenous Tejas, Prachand, and Dhruv to internationally renowned jets like Rafale, Mirage-2000, and Sukhoi-30 MKI, the skies will be teeming with a diverse array of airborne firepower. Precision strikes will be the name of the game, with indigenous Surface to Air Weapons like Akash and Samar showcasing their lethal accuracy.

Dubbed "Lightning Strike from the Sky," the event will unfold from 1715 to 1930 hours, painting the skies with a breathtaking spectrum of operations from daylight to dusk and night. Beyond the jaw-dropping aerial maneuvers, Exercise Vayu Shakti-24 aims to spotlight the IAF's operational readiness and training status, instilling a profound sense of pride and confidence among citizens.

For the first time in its illustrious history, Exercise Vayu Shakti will welcome the participation of cutting-edge assets like Rafale fighter jets, Prachand attack helicopters, and the Samar surface-to-air weapon system. This groundbreaking inclusion underscores the IAF's relentless pursuit of indigenous excellence and its embrace of advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Air Marshal A.P. Singh, Vice Chief of the Air Staff, sets the stage, revealing, "In a span of two hours, we would be dropping around 40-50 tonnes of ordnance in a one- to two-kilometer radius," offering a glimpse into the sheer scale and precision of the operations at hand.

Dating back to 1954, Exercise Vayu Shakti embodies the IAF's evolutionary journey, adapting to new challenges while steadfastly safeguarding national security interests. The 2024 edition promises to be a resounding testament to the IAF's unwavering resolve and strength.

Under the watchful eye of Air Commodore Vineet Jindal, Director for Exercise, South Western Air Command, Exercise Vayu Shakti-24 will serve as a dynamic platform to showcase the IAF's full spectrum of capabilities in a near-realistic scenario. The event will be telecasted live on Doordarshan, bringing the excitement and grandeur of Exercise Vayu Shakti-24 to viewers across the nation.