IAF to offer live feed of fire power demonstrationFebruary 2nd, 2010 - 8:40 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 2 (IANS) The Indian Air Force (IAF) will offer a live feed of the massive day-night firepower demonstration featuring about 70 frontline fighter jets that it will conduct in Rajasthan’s Thar desert Feb 28, an officer said Tuesday.
“We are making elaborate arrangements to generate a live feed using advanced cameras and shooting from multiple positions. The feed will be offered to whichever TV channels wish to carry it,” the IAF officer said, requesting anonymity.
“It will be a large-scale demonstration of our capabilities and millions of Indians will be able to watch it as it is happening,” the officer said of the exercise, named Vayu Shakti, that President Pratibha Patil will witness.
The exercise will begin during the day and conclude at night, the first time a fire power demonstration is being conducted in the dark.
“The exercise will showcase massive bombings, aerial dogfights and day-night air drop of commandos in the desert.
“Top political leaders, foreign dignitaries and military observers will be present during the demonstration. We are leaving no stone unturned to make the show gra”d,” the officer added.
The demonstration will feature frontline fighter jets like the Sukhoi SU-30 MKI, the Jaguar, the Mirage 2000, the MiG-29, the MiG-27 and the MiG-21. The IL-76 heavy-lift and AN-32 medium-lift cargo aircraft and the Mi-35 attack helicopters and the Mi-17 medium-lift helicopters will also be on view during the exercise.
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