For the first time, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh would witness the Indian Air Force (IAF)'s demonstration of its operational capabilities by day, dusk and night at the sprawling facility of the Pokharan Range near Jaisalmer in the arid Rajasthan Sector on February 22.
Aimed at providing the nation the reassurance that the IAF will deliver whenever called upon, the demonstration of this magnitude is being carried out for the first time by day, dusk and night.
The exercise also aids commanders and planners to gain better insight into the potential and deployment capabilities of aerial weapons.
Being the Supreme commander of the Armed Forces, President Pranab Mukherjee would be the chief guest, and Defence Minister A. K. Antony would be also present at the event.
Showcasing more than 30 types of platforms and Weapons Systems amounting to a participation of about 230 aircraft, this Fire Power Display will demonstrate the day and night employability of air power by frontline fighter aircraft of the IAF including - Su-30 MKI, Mirage-2000, Jaguar, MiG-21, MiG-27, MiG-29 and Hawks.
The transport aircraft would include - C130J, AN-32, Embraer and IL-76, while Mi-8, Mi-17 1V, the newly inducted Mi-17 V5 and Mi-35 Attack Helicopters will constitute the Rotary Wing ingredients.
he Sarang Helicopter Aerobatic Display Team and low-level aerobatics by SU-30 aircraft would be the added attraction to the event.
The IAF would also be showcasing, for the first time, its Surface to Air Missile Systems like the shoulder fired IGLA, the vehicle mounted and mobile OSA-AK M and the longer range PECHORA.
The exercise would also showcase its latest acquisition the Pilatus PC-7 Mk II basic trainer aircraft and Bambi Bucket Operations by Mi-17 V5 helicopter.
The events at - Iron Fist intend to display various aspects of Fire Power like- Air Defence Operations, Counter Surface Force Operations, Urban Warfare, Combat Search Rescue Operations, Assault Approach and Landing, Combat Offloading and Short Take off by C-130 J at the Landing Strip prepared at the Range.
Being a display of armament delivery skills by pilots at the end of their training year, this year, for the first time, trainee pilots would be displaying their armament delivery skills flying the Hawk Aircraft.
Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) and Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), two of the most prestigious indigenous projects would form a part of the display.
In addition, IAF's Parajumping Team, Akash Ganga, IAF's Air Warrior Drill Team, Air Warrior Symphony Orchestra would also perform. (ANI)