• Amid the deepening crisis in Ukraine, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided to postpone its firepower demonstration, Exercise Vayu Shakti.
  • The exercise was scheduled in the Pokhran ranges in Rajasthan. The last edition of Vayu Shakti was held in February 2019.
  • What is Ex Vayu Shakti?
  • It is a triennial exercise once every three year. It is aimed at showcasing the capability of the IAF to conduct full spectrum operations (Day and Night) , and to see the participation of aircraft and helicopters,transport aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.

The frontline aircraft in the IAF inventory includes:

  1. Russian SU-30MKI and MiG-29UPG fighters,
  2. French Rafale and Mirage 2000,
  3. American C-130 and C-17 transport aircraft, AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters,
  4. Indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas), Advanced Light Helicopter (Dhruv) and the Light Combat Helicopter.


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