We achieved things beyond our stated objectives: Air Chief Marshal

New Delhi, Apr 23: Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa today hinted at the Indian Air Force’s preparedness to deal with a two-front war. The IAF successfully carried out the Gagan Shakti exercise with a focus on the country’s borders with China and Pakistan. The drill is believed to be the biggest ever in three decades and was carried out from April 8 to April 20. “We achieved things beyond our stated objectives,” Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa noted. He also shared that all assets of IAF were deployed during the 13-day long exercise and that a total of 11,000 sorties were carried out by aircraft and choppers of the force. “The overall objective of Gagan Shakti was fully achieved,” said Dhanoa. “We achieved relocation and re-balancing of assets from one sector to another in 48 hours,” he said. The first phase of the exercise focused on northern borders while the second phase aimed at checking preparedness in case of a war-like situation along the Indian borders with Pakistan. The exercise also focused on the flexible use of airspace, joint maritime air operations with the Indian Navy, joint operations with the Indian Army, simulated combat search and rescue for effective extraction of downed aircrew behind enemy lines among others. (Agencies)