Southern air command conducts ‘dakshin abhyas’

Thursday, Jun 18, 2015,22:06 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | Three days operational exercise — Dakshin Abhyas — conducted at all stations under the area of responsibility of Southern Air Command from June 16 concluded, today.
The aim of this large scale exercise was to put to test the operational plans of Southern Air Command.
During the three days rigorous exercise, the ability and readiness of Command and all Air Force Stations under the Command were put to real time test by creating simulated contingencies both by day and night thereby enabling the commanders to plan and execute air operations with assets at their disposal.
This exercise also enables the commanders to identify shortcomings in the existing plans to deal with sub-conventional threats and validate the efficacy of operational and ground defence plans.
The three day exercise included movement of combat elements to deal with simulated sub-conventional threat developing rapidly in the Southern Peninsula.
Contingencies also included insertion of Special Forces (Garuds) into sensitive locations and full cycle of response.
The exercise also involved activation of HADR (Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief) missions, wherein large scale air evacuation of casualties was practiced.