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IAF showcases mid air refuelling ops; with Sukhoi in action

attempt to showcase the IAF’s reach and preparedness

As part of its biggest ever air exercises, the Indian Air Force carried out an air-to-air refuelling display.

A video of the refueling was also made viral in the social media.

This is being seen as the attempt to showcase the IAF’s reach and preparedness.

As per IAF sources, a Sukhoi Su-30 jet that took off from Kalaikunda airbase in West Bengal’s Kharagpur engaged multiple targets over the area of Lakshadweep before it returned.

Thereafter the Sukhoi jet was refuelled twice on its way towards Lakshadweep as well as during the return flight after the mission.

Presently, the Indian Air Force has mobilised 1100 aircrafts including fighters, transports and helicopters for Gagan Shakti 2018.

Simulated strike missions by IAF fighters also extend deep into the Indian Ocean.

Gagan Shakti 2018 will revolve around two phases with phase 1 becoming operational along the western border.

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