The Indian Air Force will demonstrate its combat and firepower, including Akash Missile, for the first time, in the desert of Pokhran in Jaisalmer today. The event, named exercise Iron Fist, will be attended by President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi among other dignitaries. Exercise Iron Fist is a biennial event that showcases the firepower capacity of the Indian Air Force.
The exercise will include combat manoeuvres and live firing of Air-to-Ground and Air-to-Air precision weapons by Fighters, Transport Aircraft and Helicopters. 181 aircraft including Sukhoi and Tejas will demonstrate a synchronized aerial ballet that would showcase its combat capabilities.
Glimpses of an exponential increase in the operational capabilities of the Air Force with focus on the concept of all weather, network centric operations, precision weapon delivery and ability to deliver lethal firepower will be on display during the exercise. Apart from live fire power demonstration Indian Air Force Surya Kiran team will showcase aerobatic displays. Live demonstrations by IAF Garuds and special heliborne operations will also be show cased during the event.