Ex Gagan Shakti Maritime Air Operations

On 14 Apr 18, in a joint operation, the IAF conducted maritime air operations on the Western Sea-board, with the clear aim of air dominance & deep strike validation over the extended area of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). In the long range strike concept validation, the Su-30s, airborne from a base on the Eastern Coast engaged multiple targets, in the Western Sea-board, at distances in excess of 2200 Km. These aircraft then landed at a Southern Base, thus covering a total distance of more than 4000 Km, in a single mission. These staggering ranges were made possible by IL-78 FRA (Flight Refueling Aircraft), thus ensuring long strike capabilities for our fighter aircraft...................

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