NEW DELHI, 28 Sept: Amidst tensions between India-Pakistan after deadly Uri attack, the IAF’s premier operational command along the western border with Pakistan has gone on high alert with a major exercise across all its 18 airbases and other installations from Srinagar to Bikaner, a report said.
Reportedly, the primary aim of ‘Exercise Talon’, involving the crucial Western Air Command (WAC), is to “improve operational preparedness and air defence ” in the entire stretch from J&K to Rajasthan.
Though the four-day exercise is largely defensive in nature, with combat air patrols and PAD-GD (passive air defence and ground defence) operations, it’s significant that WAC had conducted a similar Talon exercise a week before the Uri attack on September 18.
The war game exercise will under way till September 30. Meanwhile, the IAF also continues to deploy Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or spy drones to maintain “a constant surveillance” in all airbases ranging from Srinagar, Leh, Thoise, Awantipur to Ambala, Amritsar, Halwara and Nal.
The New Delhi has accused Islamabad of involvement in the attack prior to any investigation or proof.
Securities are tightened in India following human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir. Since July, More than 115 Kashmiris have been martyred by Indian forces with thousands injured.
Pakistan has raised the Kashmir issue on the international forum with PM Nawaz Sharif keeping it as the main focus of his United Nations address.
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