THE ANNUAL EXERCISE OF IAF WESTERN AIR COMMAND BEGINS

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All aviation assets and force multipliers deployed from the Line of Actual Control with Pakistan to the Line of Actual Control with China will be activated for the exercise.

The Western Air Command (WAC) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) launched Trishul, an annual training exercise, on September 4. All air assets and force multipliers located from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with Pakistan to the Line of Actual Control (LOAC) with China will be activated during the exercise.

“The exercise is scheduled from September 4-14 and will validate the command’s operational preparedness and will see the employment of all the frontline assets from fighter jets, transport aircraft, helicopters, and other force multipliers in high tempo,” a defence official stated. The drill will be suspended for a few of days during the G20 meeting, when the military will be on high alert due to the high-profile event and perceived threat.

The Indian military has experienced a significant reorientation of its focus from Pakistan to China since the standoff with China in eastern Ladakh in May 2020, which is still ongoing. The IAF has maintained a high tempo of operations. According to an earlier report by The Hindu, the IAF pressed in with its full transport fleet and airlifted over 68,000 soldiers, 330 infantry vehicles, over 90 tanks, and artillery weapons as the Army ramped up its mobilisation efforts.

The entire State of Arunachal Pradesh and the Aksai Chin region, to which India had issued a strong objection, are still shown as being within Chinese borders in the “2023 edition of the standard map of China” that was released by China on Monday.

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