‘Gagan Shakti’: IAF Tests Long Range Striking Capabilities


New Delhi: Through a two-week long training exercise involving its entire fleet strength across all its bases in the country, the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Gagan Shakti 2018 event aims to exhibit its might and combat preparedness, according to reports.

Indian Air Force fighter jets have conducted a massive 5,000 sorties on the western border with Pakistan as part of the ongoing ‘Gagan Shakti’ exercise. Now, the forces have been moved to the northern border (of Line of Actual Control) that India shares with China, for air combat exercises.

The ‘action’ on the northern border will be witnessed from Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh.The report said the Indian Air Force has deployed its entire war machinery for the pan-India exercise.

The IAF is testing both its offensive and defensive capabilities on the two borders with Pakistan and China, where threats of war are always looming. At present, the IAF has 31 fighter squadrons as against the required 42 to take on the threat from Pakistan and China.