IAF Conducts Day – Night Exercise 'Iron Fist' In Rajasthan

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Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully conducted its flagship day-night exercise ‘Iron-fist 2016’ at Pokhran firing range in Rajasthan.The day-night exercise demonstrating the combat and fire power of IAF was conducted in the presence of Hon’ble President Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The event comprised six packages depicting six themes in which more than 180 aircraft, including fighters, transport and helicopters participated.They are :-

♦ Fly Past : It demonstrated the journey of the IAF over 8 decades with the aircraft of yesteryear flying wing to wing along with the latest acquisitions of the IAF.The “real time recce” capability of the IAF was displayed by a Jaguar aircraft.Vintage aircraft flypast by “Tigermoth” evoked the memories of the birth of military aviation in India and was followed by the Pilatus, the latest trainer aircraft of the IAF.The fly past by a mixed formation comprising a MiG-21 Bison, MiG-27 Upgrade, MiG-29 and the mighty Su-30, showcased the transformation of the IAF over the decades.

♦ Net Enabled Operations : It displayed the indigenously developed Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEWCS) of aircrafts.It also displayed multiple aircraft weapon delivery demonstration of precision based bombing at simulated enemy targets by Mirage-2000, Su-30, MiG-27 Upgrade aircraft and the Jaguar.

♦ Air Defence Operations : After demonstrating the offensive capabilities, the exercise demonstrated the multi-layered Air Defence Operations of the IAF.It comprised of the fly past by the Flight Refuelling aircraft (IL-78 FRA) along with two Su-30 aircraft and the indigenously built Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’, which displayed its swing role attack capabilities by delivering Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) followed by firing an air to air missile, engaging both targets with deadly precision.

♦ Combat Support Operations : It showcased the very important role played by the IAF in support of the ground forces using live weapons. Apart from the fighters, the assault landing capability of versatile C-130 J aircraft and the fire fighting capability of the Mi-17V5, were also displayed in this phase.

♦ Flying Displays : After the demonstration of live weapon,the IAF displayed aerobatic displays by the Sarangs, Suryakirans and the Su-30. At the same time Air Warrior Drill Team (AWDT) and Air Force Symphony Orchestra (AWSO) enthralled the audience with their performances.

♦ All Weather Operations :The night capabilities of the IAF were also displayed with number of targets were engaged in this phase by fighters, transport aircraft and helicopters using rockets as well as bombs.

The event showcased more than 22 types of platforms and Weapons Systems. Frontline fighter aircraft including Sukhoi-30, Mirage-2000, Jaguar, MiG-29, Attack helicopters,Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) and high tech AWACS were displayed during the show. IAF’s indigenous project – Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) “Tejas” was also a part.  Transport aircraft like An-32, IL-76, IL-78, Embraer and C-130J also participated.


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