The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully conducted an 11-day Combined Guided Weapon Firing’ exercise named CROSSBOW-18’ between December 3 to December 13 at the Air Force Station Surya Lanka. The exercise was conducted under the aegis of Southern Air Command.
Various Surface to Air Missile systems like the indigenously developed AKASH, SPYDER, OSA-AK-M and IGLA carried out drills and live firing at night for the first time on maneuverable aerial targets.
Participation of SU-30 fighter jets made the exercise operationally realistic.
The live firing helped the IAF validating the Air Defence philosophy by integrating both legacy and modern Surface to Air Guided Weapon Systems and the Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS). It was a unique event in the history of the IAF and a pre-cursor to the modernization of Surya Lanka range.
Air warriors from over 20 participating Surface to Air Guided Weapon squadrons actively participated in the exercise.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa and Air Marshal B Suresh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command visited the Station to witness the live missile firing by four missile systems.
Various dignitaries including AOC-in-C, Western Air Command and senior officers from Air HQs and various Air Commands also visited the station during this period.