IAF all set for fire power demonstration at Iron Fist

By: OneIndia Defence Bureau
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Bengaluru, March 10: President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are among the confirmed top attendees during the Indian Air Force's (IAF) fire power exercise, Iron Fist.

As reported by OneIndia earlier, the IAF is all set to demonstrate its combat and fire power capabilities at Pokhran from March 18.

IAF all set for Iron Fist

Air Marshal B S Dhanoa, Vice Chief of the Air Staff, gave out the details of the Fire Power Demonstration (FPD) during Iron Fist-2016 today.

According to him, during this mammoth exercise in the Thar Desert region, a total of 181 aircraft would demonstrate their synchronised aerial ballet.

"They would showcase deadly combat capabilities 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 our nation's military capability," says an official.

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Over 200 aircraft had demonstrated their capabilities during Iron Fist-2013, with two variants of Tejas participating for the first time.

According to officials, the exercise will bring to light the multifaceted nature of IAF. "Live demonstration by IAF Garuds and special heliborne operations will be the highlight of Iron Fist 2016," the official added.

Two Tejas variants are confirmed to be participating during Iron Fist. Aeronautical Development Agency and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd officials told OneIndia that a total of three Tejas variants will be made ‘hot-ready' for Iron Fist, with one platform to be kept on a stand-by mode.

Meanwhile in Bengaluru, Air Marshal S R K Nair, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, will inaugurate the Pilot Project at the Air Force Station, Jalahalli on Friday.

"The present training in the IAF for the ab-initio trainees is predominantly a traditional one. In order to keep pace with the paradigm shift in training, the IAF has decided to part ways with the conventional methods of training and embrace the latest technological innovations," a Ministry of Defence Spokesperson told OneIndia.

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