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we’re shaking the heavens’ indian air chief says Gaganshakti 2018

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    More than 1,100 aircraft – half of them fighter jets – have logged over 6,000 flight hours in three days during the Indian Air Force’s largest exercise in the past three decades, with Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh ’Tony’ Dhanoa saying on Monday that Pakistan was closely watching the operation that is “shaking the heavens and splitting the Earth”.

    As IAF’s assets in the largest-of-its-kind exercise, Gaganshakti-2018, move from the western sector to the eastern front “in less than 48 hours,” Dhanoa said, all training activities in the force will remain suspended till the two-phase drill ends on April 22. It is usually in wartime that militaries shelve all training activities.

    “We are flying a lot of sorties and dropping a lot of bombs. So in that sense -- borrowing a phrase from a Rand monograph -- I would say we really are shaking the heavens and splitting the Earth,” Dhanoa said in his first public comments on the exercise in which every wartime drill is being rehearsed.

    United States-based think tank Rand Corporation had in 2011 published a document titled Shaking the Heavens and Splitting the Earth: Chinese Air Force Employment Concepts in the 21st Century.

    The Gaganshakti-2018 exercise seeks to test the IAF’s readiness and stamina for a two-front war with China and Pakistan. “I wouldn’t like to comment on the two-front aspect… But every single platform in the IAF’s inventory is being exercised and we are carrying out surge operations – highest tempo operations where fighters and other platforms have clocked more sorties in three days than they normally would in over a month,” said Dhanoa, a decorated fighter pilot.

    From deep strikes to air dominance and long-range maritime strikes off the west coast to air defence, the IAF is practising every manoeuvre in the book in its preparation for a short and intense war.

    “India has not witnessed anything at this scale since Operation Brass Tacks in 1987. Weapon delivery scores for air-to-ground munitions were exceptional, both by day and night, and pilots have done a wonderful job in overcoming fatigue during surge operations,” the IAF chief said.

    Conducted in 1987, Operation Brass Tacks was India’s largest peacetime military exercise that sent shock waves through Pakistan.

    Once again, Dhanoa suggested that the western neighbour was rattled by the sheer scale and complexity of Gaganshakti-2018, despite being notified about the first phase of the exercise in the western sector.

    “We have noticed that they (Pakistan) are monitoring Gaganshakti-2018 closely through their airborne sensors (airborne warning and control systems),” the air chief said.

    Dhanoa said the IAF jets have recorded a serviceability rate of 80% and flown very long range missions flawlessly. In IAF parlance, serviceability of a fleet refers to how many warplanes are available for missions at any given time.

    The exercise has had no glitches so far except a Jaguar fighter veering off the runway at the Bhuj airbase due to bad weather and a few Tejas light combat aircraft developing snags. “Hindustan Aeronautics Limited was able to fix the Tejas problems in less than 12 hours,” Dhanoa said.

    British-origin Hawk advanced jet trainers, capable of dropping bombs, are also taking part in the exercise as the IAF is struggling with a shortage of warplanes.

    Compared to an optimum strength of 42-plus units required to fight a two-front war, the count of the IAF’s fighter squadrons has shrunk to 30 (excluding the Tejas squadron with eight aircraft).

    http://www.defencenews.in/article/G...chief-says-‘we’re-shaking-the-heavens’-547668
     
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    How many jets in an Indian squadron.
    1100 aircraft and half of them fighter.
    Now Indian defence misnster says they have 32 squadron.....well numbers don't add up.
     
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    10,000 sorties first 3 days then 5,000 sorties next 3 days, amazing!!

    Not you again,
    Combat Aircraft - Air Superiority 388(Incl 30 Trainers)
    Ground Attack 291 (Incl 33 Trainers)
    Helicopters 359
    Transport Aircraft 247
    Trainers 182
    TOTAL 1467
    https://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Units/Others/281-Fleet.html
     
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    Then your defence minister is an idiot if your numbers 're correct?
     
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    So from earlier claims of 10,000 sorties in three days, the IAF has now climbed down to the figure of 6000.....Mr Dhanoa, you are indeed shaking Heavens with your BS. :lol:

    Aiming to prepare itself for a short and swift two-front war against China and Pakistan, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out around 10,000 sorties of its entire combat aircraft fleet in three days across the country to demonstrate its capability to undertake high intensity operations with the limited number of aircraft available.
    https://www.indiatoday.in/mail-toda...t-aircraft-fleet-in-3-days-1211954-2018-04-14

    @Knuckles @Oscar @Areesh @Maar Khoor

    Lies certainly have short legs.
     
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    Nimrod once claimed to have shot the God who resides in heaven.
     
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    BS Dhanoa is shaking the heavens due to the after effects of his curry munching session.
     
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    Why make yourself the butt of jokes in da world?

    o_O
     
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    Mera to lann bhee shake nahin hua, heavens to door kee baat hai.... Indians aur unn kay chootiapay..... LOL! :D
     
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    10000 sorties
    A sortie is an aircraft taking off and landing versus a mission which is actually the completion of a task.

    Assuming each sortie had to last 1 hour(10000 hours)
    That is each aircraft flying 10 hours over three days. That is 3-4 hours each day for every aircraft(not counting personnel).
    During Red Flag, pilots spend hours planning and hours briefing.

    With the servicibility rates the IAF has and the pilot ratios it has. I really want to know what possible way was this figure accomplished since it is truly impressive and contradicts all CAG reports on the IAF.


    P.s contrary to the assertion that the PAF is “rattled” and has to monitor the exercise with AEW assets. The PAF could not be more grateful for the massive data and patterns it is now gathering since they have much more in terms of AEW assets to look at their ability to monitor the IAF and their strike package patterns.
     
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    Above data is a year old and includes trainers like Hawk which have taken part in exercise. One squad has 18 aircrafts total 576 excluding trainers.

    83% serviceability achieved during exercise. 1150 aircrafts, 10,000 sorties, 6000 flight hours in 3 days. Don't know about you guys but PAF was scared enough to deployed falcon 20E, AWACS etc to keep an eye. I hope those data will come handy for pak.
     
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    As said elsewhere, in 1971, the IAF had some 1100 of all types in it's inventory, yet during two weeks of the war, which wasn't a conflict like say Kargil, it managed some 5000 sorties in both sectors and here the IAF is claiming double that in mere three days....oh well, Cricket season must be here again.
     
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    Exactly, how does monitoring an enemy exercize equate to being rattled? This in addition to the information leaked by their personnel a few days ago gives Pakistan a lot of data to use in their own planning.
     
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    Indians and their wet dreams.....going by that nonsensical logic, the US must be scared out of it's mind on Pakistani missile tests.

    USA - Air Force Boeing RC-135S (717-148)

    61-2663 / OF (cn 18781) 45th RS / 55th Wg - Offutt AFB, NB. "COBRA 56" seen on short finals to RWY 29 at RAF Mildenhall on its way back to the USA. Note the two small mission marks in the crew door which depict two Pakistani missile tests that it was monitoring back in November.

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    In November, Pakistan carried out two missile tests in the Arabian sea.
     
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