The exercise was code-named ‘Winged Raider’ signifying the multidimensional nature of the exercise.
The exercise was preceded by a series of intense preparations involving the movement of special forces and rallying up of transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force starting from January 6.
“More than 500 soldiers of special forces troops parachuted from C 130 Hercules, C 17 Globemaster, and Dhruv helicopters during day and night,” said defence sources.
The newly inducted aerial platforms and equipment were validated, with clockwork precision and seamless integration between the Indian Army and Indian Air Force in difficult terrain.
The exercise was telecast live to all field formation headquarters in the Theatre.
Exercise Winged Raider demonstrated the operational readiness of our Paratroopers and Air Warriors to undertake airborne missions.
Informing about the exercise, the Eastern Command of the Indian Army on its Twitter handle on Thursday said: “#IndianArmy conducted biggest #Airborne Exercise #WingedRaider in #NE from 6-10 Jan. More than 500 soldiers of #SpecialForces participated in the Exercise.”
#IndianArmy conducted biggest #Airborne Exercise #WingedRaider in #NE from 6-10 Jan. More than 500 soldiers of #SpecialForces participated in the Exercise. @adgpi @SpokespersonMoD pic.twitter.com/iHW2Ww52D9
— EasternCommand_IA (@easterncomd) January 16, 2020