Amaravati: A ‘Combined Guided Weapon Firing’ exercise named ‘CROSSBOW-18’ was successfully conducted at Air Force Station Suryalanka in Krishna district under the aegis of Southern Air Command. According to an official release from Eastern Naval Command here on Thursday, the exercise was carried out between December 3 to 13.
A missile being fired as part of exercises at Air Force Station at Suryalanka in Krishna district. The exercise took place from December 4 to 13.
Various surface to air missile systems, including the indigenously developed AKASH, SPYDER, OSA-AK-M and IGLA were used in the drill and live firing took place for the first time on maneuverable aerial targets.
Air warriors from over 20 participating Surface to Air Guided Weapon squadrons actively participated in the exercise which enriched their operational experience and enhanced their firing abilities.
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa and Air Marshal B Suresh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command visited the station to witness the live missile firing by four missile systems.
Several dignitaries including AOC-in-C, Western Air Command and senior officers from Air Head Quarters and various Air Commands also visited the station during the period.