IAF To Display Might At Iron Fist 2016

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New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) would demonstrate its combat and fire power capabilities during Exercise Iron Fist at Pokhran in Rajasthan on March 18, the Defence Ministry said here today.

A press release from the Ministry said the mammoth exercise in the Thar Desert would involve the participation of 181 aircraft departing from multiple bases, and demonstrate a synchronized aerial ballet that would showcase its deadly combat capability over the entire spectrum of aerial operations.

This exercise holds special significance as it represents the lethal face of the IAF in its pre-eminent role as the cutting edge of the nation’s military capability, it said.

The exercise will provide glimpses of an exponential increase in the operational capabilities of the Air Force with focus on the concept of all weather, network centric operations, precision weapon delivery and ability to deliver lethal firepower.

It will also highlight the multifaceted nature of IAF through its ability to showcase itself with aerobatic displays by modern combat aircraft like the Su-30 MKI, Sarang and the Surya Kiran Aerobatic team.

Live demonstration by IAF Garuds and special heliborne operations will be another highlight of the proceedings of the event which shall straddle both day and night.

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have given their consent to witness the exercise at Pokhran. The event will also be broadcast live on national television, the release added.

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