Fire Power Display, Vayu Shakti Mega Exercise By IAF Two Days After Pulwama Attack

Two days after the Pulwama incident, where 40 CRPF  personnel were killed in a suicidal attack, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a mega exercise involving almost all variants of its fighter jets and attack helicopters in the Pokhran city of Rajasthan. In the event called as the 'Vayu Shakti exercise' held on 17th Feb 2019 near the Pakistan border, the IAF showcased fire power firepower capability.

Indigenously-developed platforms like  Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)Tejas, Advanced Light  Helicopter (ALH) and efficacy of the Akash surface-to-air missile and Astra air-to-air missile were used for demonstration. ALH and Akash were deployed in the military exercise for the first time.

The exercise gained significance after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of providing the security forces with full freedom to act against the attack on Friday, 15th Feb 2019.

 A total of 137 aircrafts including Su-30s, Mirage  2000s, Jaguars, Mig-21 Bison, Mig-27, Mig-29,IL 78, Hercules, AN-32 aircraft took part alongside upgraded  MIG-29 fighter jet which was also deployed on account of Vayu Shakti exercise.

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat along with other top officials of defense ministry and defense attaches of several countries were present during exercise. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar who is an honorary group captain of the  IAF also took part and offered his support.

Support to India:

A few days ago, following the Pulwama attack incident, a  resolution adopted in all-party meeting condemned the attack and terrorism in all forms including the support it got from across the border. Notwithstanding the enormity of the attack, India raised this issue in the 55th Munich Security Conference. The conference was attended by over 600 delegates from all over the world and a  discussion was held on security-related issues, including international terrorism. On the behalf of Indiathe meeting was attended by India’s  Deputy National Security Advisor Pankaj Saran. Immense support for India’s concern over Pakistan sponsoring terrorism was shown in the conference.

Safety of Kashmiri Students:

In the country, the Home Ministry issued an advisory to all states and Union Territories to take measures to ensure the safety of Kashmiris living outside the state. The step came after various  Kashmiri students studying in Delhi and other places complained about being harassed and attacked after the terrorist attack.  

At the same timethe Jammu and Kashmir administration issued orders to withdraw the security arrangements given to five separatist leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Lone, Hashim  Qureshi, and Shabir Shah soon after Rajnath's Singh visit to Srinagar. 

 "Some elements in Jammu and Kashmir have links with the ISI and terrorist organizations. Their security should be reviewed," he said after reviewing the security in the aftermath of the terror attack.  

 Necessary steps are being taken by the Government to retaliate the Pulwama attack by  Jaish-e-Mohammad. A worldwide protest has also been carried out by the people in support of the martyred soldiers. 


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