Combined Guided Weapon Firing held at Suryalanka

Combined Guided Weapon Firing held at Suryalanka
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A Combined Guided Weapon Firing exercise named CROSSBOW18 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

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.

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.

Live firing by night added to the uniqueness and complexity of the exercise. Participation of SU-30 fighter jets made the exercise operationally realistic. The live firing helped Indian Air Force in validating the Air Defence philosophy by integrating both legacy and modern Surface to Air Guided Weapon Systems and the Integrated Air Command and Control System .

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.

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