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IAF, Army showcase military might of the country

india Updated: Mar 20, 2008 20:37 IST
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In one of the biggest war manoeuvres in recent years, the Army and the Indian Air Force showcased their combat prowess, by effectively engaging latest array of weaponry in a joint air-land battle setting just 75 kilometres from Indo-Pak border in Thar desert in Rajasthan.

With diplomats and military attaches from 59 countries in attendence, the exercise code-named 'Brazen Chariots' had Army's frontline T-90 tanks, SMERCH long-range missiles, spy drones, latest air defence gun systems, and fighter jets in action at the Pokhran field firing ranges here.

Voicing happiness over the synergy achieved by Army and IAF during the simulated land and air exercise, Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor said all the objectives that "we had set for ourselves were fairly well achieved.

"I think its gone up excellently well. The aim was to try out the modern weapons and their efficacy. And also to carry out a bit of synergy with functioning of the air force and the army together and see the effect," General Kapoor said after the exercise yesterday.

The exercise saw participation by the Army's Southern Command and IAF's South Western Air Command.

Asked if the exercise was aimed at sending any message to the foreign observers, Gen Kapoor said, "It is not aimed at anyone, we are not trying to send out any message through this exercise.

"The foreign observers are here to see what the Indian Army and the IAF are capable of," the General added.