GUWAHATI, May 2: By adding to its operational capabilities, the Indian Air Force (IAF) Thursday exercised and operated its fighter jets from the civilian airports in the eastern sector.
In Guwahati airport, the IAF deployed Russian origin Sukhoi, Su-30MKI fighter jet for testing and carried out take-off and landing operations. The Eastern Air Command (EAC) also conducted the aircraft operational exercise in Kolkata and Durgapur airports.
All the SU-30MKI aircrafts took off from Chhabua and Tezpur air base in Assam to take part in the operational exercise which is taking place after a gap of 2-3 years in Eastern Air Command Area of Responsibility (AoR). The IAF conducted the exercise by aiming to use the civilian airports for strategic purposes in case of war like situation and attack from the enemy.
Wing Commander Shashank Mishra said that, the aim of this exercise is to validate fighter operations from civil airfields. “This exercise will familiarise the crew who operate this aircraft with civil airfield. This also helps in the manner that should there be a contingency and there be a requirement to operate from this airfields. In the last decades, there main focus is on the Eastern Air Command,” Shashank Mishra said.
North East is shares its borders with China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan. Keeping this mind the government has, over the years, developed several airfields and also advance landing fields in the region.