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IAF to Carry Out Mega Air Exercise in Northeastern Region in Early February

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IAF to Carry Out Mega Air Exercise in Northeastern Region in Early February

Last Updated: January 21, 2023, 21:36 IST

The Shillong-headquartered Eastern Air Command will carry out the exercise (Image: Twitter)

The Shillong-headquartered Eastern Air Command will perform the train (Image: Twitter)

The train ‘Poorvi Aakash’ is predicted to contain the IAF’s frontline fighter jets, together with the Rafale and the Su-30MKI plane, and different property deployed in the area, folks accustomed to the matter stated on Saturday

The Indian Air Force will perform a mega train masking the Northeastern area early subsequent month to examine its fight readiness, amid a recent spike in pressure with China alongside the Line of Actual Control in Arunachal Pradesh.

The train ‘Poorvi Aakash’ is predicted to contain the IAF’s frontline fighter jets, together with the Rafale and the Su-30MKI plane, and different property deployed in the area, folks accustomed to the matter stated on Saturday.

The Shillong-headquartered Eastern Air Command will perform the train.

“Eastern Air Command might be conducting its annual Command-level train throughout the first week of February,” said an Indian Air Force (IAF) official.

This exercise is being conducted after a gap of two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “The exercise will involve the activation of the command’s fighter, helicopter and transport assets towards routine practice of aerial drills, including joint exercises,” the official stated.

There has been a recent spike in tensions between India and China after troops from the 2 sides had been engaged in the conflict alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at Yangtse in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh on December 9.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated in Parliament on December 13 that the Chinese troops tried to “unilaterally” change the status quo in the Yangtse area but the Indian Army compelled them to retreat by its firm and resolute response.

The incident took place amid the over 31-month border standoff between the two sides in eastern Ladakh.

All frontline air bases and some key Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) in the Northeast are set to be involved in the exercise.

The army and the IAF have been maintaining a high state of operational readiness along the LAC with China in the Arunachal Pradesh and the Sikkim sectors for over two years following the eastern Ladakh row.

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