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Indian Army and IAF Conduct Joint Exercise in Punjab

The Indian Army’s Kharga Corps, under the aegis of the Army’s Western Command, successfully conducted a three-day joint exercise with the Indian Air Force (IAF) at multiple locations in Punjab. The exercise aimed to refine processes and validate the employment of attack helicopters in support of mechanized operations in developed terrain.

Exercise Gagan Strike-II

The exercise, titled “Gagan Strike-II,” incorporated various force multipliers, including Apache and ALH-WSI helicopters, Unarmed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and special forces of the Indian Army. The primary objective was to validate the use of these assets in support of ground offensive operations by strike corps, along with live firing by helicopters as demanded by mechanized forces during offensive maneuvers.

Synergy and Jointmanship

The recent exercise showcased high levels of synergy and jointmanship between the Indian Army and the IAF. The focus was on practicing centralized and decentralized attack helicopter missions, supported by other force multipliers in a dense air defense environment, and engaging planned and improvised targets on the battlefield.

Employment of Aerial Assets

Ground force commanders exercised the employment of aerial assets, including drones, for enhanced situational awareness and destruction of mobile and static targets. The exercise enabled formations and units of the Western Command to execute joint operations with seamless integration of all ground and aerial assets to achieve their objectives.

Validation of Operational Capabilities

The exercise validated the operational capabilities of the Indian Army and the IAF in conducting integrated operations. It allowed the forces to refine their processes and ensure seamless coordination between various elements, enhancing their overall preparedness for future contingencies.

Commendation from Top Brass

Lt Gen Manoj Kumar Katiyar, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Command, and the GOC Kharga Corps commended all ranks of the Kharga Corps, the Indian Air Force, and the Army Aviation for their professional excellence and synergy of effort in conducting integrated operations.

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