New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) will be carrying out jet fighter operations from four civilian airports in the north-east and two in West Bengal. This will be done as a part of training to familiarize pilots in coordinating with civilian operators.
The exercise will be conducted by the Eastern Air commander base in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong by fighter jets Sukhoi-30 MHKIs and the advanced trainer Hawk Mk. 132. The fighter jets will land at and take-off from civilian airports in Dimapur, Imphal, Guwahati, Pasighat, Andal and Kolkata.
The aim of the exercise is to strengthen air operations from dispersed locations in case of hostilities; as well as to support pilots and the crew to familiarize themselves with fighter operations from these airports. The exercise will be held in two phases – from October 16 to 19, and from October 29 to November 1.