New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) is gearing up for a significant training manoeuvre named ‘Trishul,’ which is slated to take place in the northern region of India, bordering China and Pakistan. Scheduled from September 4 to 14, this exercise will coincide with the G20 Summit scheduled for September 8 to 10 in New Delhi.
Beginning on September 4, the IAF is set to embark on an 11-day training exercise along the borders shared with China and Pakistan. Reports from the media suggest that this drill will encompass a wide range of essential components, including frontline combat aircraft, attack helicopters, mid-air refueling capabilities, and other crucial aerial resources.
According to the IAF, these exercises will be conducted across various areas in the northern sector, covering Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, as well as Punjab. The training will involve prominent fighter aircraft fleets such as the Rafale, Mirage 2000, and Su-30MKIs.
In addition to the fighter jets mentioned, the training exercise will also involve heavy-lift transport aircraft and helicopters, including Chinooks and Apaches, further diversifying its scope. The esteemed Garud Special Forces unit from the IAF will participate in these drills. Organized by the IAF’s Western Command, the primary goal of this exercise is to assess the force’s combat readiness and analyze various operational aspects.
According to media reports, this exercise is poised to be one of the most significant air manoeuvres conducted by the IAF in recent times. Furthermore, it will involve the deployment of vital assets from the Western Air Command in addition to resources from other commands, making it an extensive and comprehensive training event.
Significantly, the ‘Trishul’ exercise is unfolding against the backdrop of a prolonged standoff between Indian and Chinese troops, which has endured for over three years. Additionally, it occurs in the context of India’s persistently strained relations with Pakistan.