VAYU-SHAKTI 2024 (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Security forces in India)

News-CRUX-10     19th February 2024        
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Context: The Indian Air Force recently conducted the demonstration exercise Vayu-Shakti 2024 at the Pokhran Range near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.

Vayu-Shakti 2024

  • About: It is a “triennial” exercise, conducted once every three years. It is aimed at showcasing the capability of the IAF to conduct full spectrum operations (day & night).
  • Collaborative Manoeuvres: The exercise highlighted collaborative manoeuvres with the Indian Army, showcasing their joint operational capabilities.
  • Precision and Long-Range Operations: The exercise showcased the Indian Air Force's prowess in precision and long-range weapon delivery, along with effective operations from various air bases.
  • Participation and Aircraft: 121 aircraft, including Tejas, Prachand, Dhruv, Rafale, Mirage-2000, Sukhoi-30 MKI, Jaguar, Hawk, C-130J, Chinook, Apache, and Mi-17.
  • Indigenous Weapon Systems: The exercise will showcase the capabilities of indigenous Surface to Air Weapon systems Akash and Samar in tracking and shooting down intruding aircraft.