New Delhi (NVI): The Indian Air Force has conducted a ‘Combined Guided Weapons Firing’ exercise at Air Force Station Suryalanka in Andhra Pradesh, where indigenously developed Akash missile system along with Russian short-range Igla missiles was fired.
The exercise was conducted from November 23 to December 2. Both Akash and Igla missile systems were fired and engaged the Manoeuverable Expendable Aerial Targets (MEAT) providing near realistic training to the combat crew, the IAF said in a statement.
Air Marshal HS Arora, Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS), witnessed the Surface to Air Guided Weapons Firing, the IAF said.
“While the country continues to face the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Air Force continues to hone its operational capabilities with an eye on the prevailing security situation,” read an official statement, indirectly referring to the tense border situation with China and India’s effort to counter Beijing’s growing assertiveness in Indo-Pacific region.
In his address to the air warriors, the VCAS Air Marshal HS Arora commended the participating combat squadrons for their professionalism and also appreciated the efforts put in by the Station for organizing this exercise with requisite COVID precautions.
He urged all the air warriors to be ready to apply all lessons learnt in the CGWF 2020 to any emerging operational scenario.