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Gaganshakti-2018: IAF Practices Battalion Level Airborne Assault

The assault included a paradrop of 560 paratroopers, combat vehicles and GPS guided cargo platforms.



SOMEWHERE IN RAJASTHAN: As part of the ongoing IAF exercise ‘Gaganshakti-2018’, in a joint operation, the IAF and Indian Army Parachute Brigade undertook a Battalion level airborne assault on the evening and night of April 15, in the desert sector.

The assault included a paradrop of 560 paratroopers, combat vehicles and GPS guided cargo platforms.

The landing force was dropped behind the simulated enemy lines to soften up the likely resistance to our own armoured offensive. The airborne force comprised six C-130J and seven An-32 aircraft launched from multiple IAF bases. The force was provided aerial surveillance by AWACS and protected by a Flight of SU-30 Air Superiority Fighters.

Airborne operations are a means of aerial insertion of troops, equipment or supplies directly into the battle zone.

Airborne operations are high-risk operations which are based on accurate intelligence, dynamic air dominance by own forces and criticality of the requirement by ground forces.

Airborne assault is a subset of Airborne Operations wherein combat troops and equipment are para-dropped into the tactical battle area. These troops have specific tasks like disrupting enemy lines of communication, capture/ destruction of critical enemy infrastructure.

The accuracy and outcome of the mission highlight IAF’smultispectrall capabilities and its efficiency in providing timely support to ground forces.

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Newly Created 6th Battalion ITBP Headquarter Inaugurated in Jalalpur

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar hoped that more local youth would be motivated to join the security forces, specially ITBP.



The Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh taking salute, during the inauguration of the several projects, at the ITBP 6th Battalion HQs, at Chhapra, in Bihar on April 22, 2018. (PIB Photo)

JALALPUR (Bihar): Newly built 6th Battalion ITBP Headquarter of Jalalpur in Bihar has been inaugurated by Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister and Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister, Bihar today.

Sushil Kumar Modi, Dy. Chief Minister, Bihar, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, MP, Janardan Singh Sigriwal, MP, Janak Ram, MP, Om Prakash Yadav, MP and many MLAs and MLCs were present on the occasion.

R K Pachnanda, DG ITBP welcomed the eminent guests and described the efforts being made by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for the modernisation of ITBP and efforts for improving working conditions for the force personnel.

Rajnath Singh lauded the ITBP for the duties performed by the elite force in the country and abroad and said that the ITBP has been working in the tough conditions of the Himalayan Region.

He also said that whenever any challenging task has been assigned to the ITBP, the Himveers have performed it honestly and extraordinarily.

The MHA has been continuously monitoring the process of providing modern equipment to the ITBP and government is looking forward to the welfare of families of the jawans and NOKs of the martyrs.

Singh hoped that with the establishment of newly built battalion in Chhapra will speed up the development process of the area and will be helpful in providing various job opportunities to the local youth.

Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar said that establishing new ITBP Battalion in Chhapra is a new beginning in the development of the area. He promised ITBP for providing best possible support by the State Government.

Expressing happiness on the establishment of the ITBP Battalion in Chhapra, CM hoped that more local youth would be motivated to join the security forces, specially ITBP.

Terming the event historic, Sushil Kumar Modi, Dy CM said that the newly built campus of the ITBP will be a great resource for the local administration in the times of need.

Rajnath Singh also awarded 08 personnel of ITBP for bravery:

Rakesh Kumar, Dy. Commandant,
Inspector Jitender Kumar,
Head Constable Sukhdev Donkari,
Constable Mahesh Kumar, and
Constable Amit Negi

The above five have been awarded for gallant action against Naxals in Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh.

Head Constable Sujan Singh was awarded for brave firefight at Indian Consulate in Mazar-E-Sharif, Afghanistan while Head Constable Narendra Kumar and Constable Biman Biswas were awarded for saving the life of fellow mountaineer during Mount Dhaulagiri Expedition of the Force.

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Chief of the Naval Staff Visits Iran for Indian Ocean Naval Symposium

The forum seeks to enhance maritime cooperation among navies of the littoral states of the Indian Ocean Region.



TEHRAN (Iran): The 6th edition of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) and Conclave of Chiefs is being hosted by Iran at Tehran from April 23 to 25, 2018. The Chief of the Naval Staff is leading a four-member Indian delegation for the event.

The IONS was conceived by the Indian Navy in 2008. The forum seeks to enhance maritime cooperation among navies of the littoral states of the Indian Ocean Region by providing an open and inclusive forum for discussion on regionally relevant maritime issues that would lead to common understanding on the way ahead.

The inaugural edition of IONS was held in February 2008 at New Delhi, with Indian Navy as the Chair for two years. This was followed by UAE from 2010 – 2012, South Africa from 2012 – 2014, Australia from   2014 – 2016 and Bangladesh from 2016 – 2018.

The IONS Charter of Business was agreed upon by the Conclave of Chiefs and brought into effect in February 2014. A relatively young forum, barely in its 10th year of existence, it has grown into a formidable organisation with 23 members and 09 observers.

As the founder nation, India will also be conducting commemorative activities in November 2018 at Kochi, for celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year.

The visit of the Chief of the Naval Staff is also aimed at consolidating bilateral naval relations between India and Iran and to explore new avenues for naval cooperation.

Admiral Sunil Lanba will also hold bilateral discussions with the Commander IRI Navy, and other participating ‘Chiefs of Navy/ Head of Maritime Agencies’.

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#GaganShakti2018: #IAF Executes Inter Valley Troop Transfer (IVTT) Along With the #IndianArmy

IVTT, a major Joint Operation, was conducted in the high hills of Northern and North-Eastern Sector.



SOMEWHERE IN NORTHEAST INDIA: As part of ongoing exercise ‘GaganShakti-2018’, the Operational Commands of the IAF planned and executed Inter-Valley Troop Transfer (IVTT) in coordination with affiliated Indian Army Commands. IVTT, a major Joint Operation, was conducted in the high hills of Northern and North-Eastern Sector.

The aim of the exercise was to validate the capability of the Indian Air Force and the Indian Army to quickly transfer and redeploy acclimatized troops, in the simulated objective area.

These operations are conducted to reposition troops from one valley to another, to counter any evolving threat and to surprise or offensively exploit the weakness of the adversary.

In the mountainous terrain, the movement of the troops from one valley to another is a challenging task. The redeployment of forces from one area of interest to another may at times take a couple of days. IVTT operations help to reposition the desired forces within a couple of hours.

All the three commands of IAF conducted a company level exercise in their area of operations, in a time-sensitive environment.

This tactical transfer of troops not only validated Joint Operations between the IAF & the Indian Army but also showcased the capability of the IAF to operationalise forward ALG’s by setting up communications and refuelling facilities and preparing aircraft operating surface.

C-130 and AN-32 tactical transport aircraft and Mi-17 V5 / ALH helicopters are used for these missions. Owing to their versatile maneuvering capabilities, these platforms are most adaptable in an extremely demanding high altitude terrain.

The operations were meticulously planned by the planning staff and the aircrew executed the demanding and rigorous operations by flying in a coordinated manner, giving due importance to the flight safety.

In addition to the aircrew, the maintenance and administrative personnel, worked relentlessly through day and night, to ensure smooth conduct of these high-intensity operations.

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