Air Force Station at Bagdogra displayed Air Power capabilities of the IAF

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PRASHANT ACHARYA
BAGDOGRA (SILIGURI)
11 Aug 2018

As part of the 72 nd Independence celebrations, Air Force Station Bagdogra, that flagged off its week-long festivities on Thursday, today displayed its air power capabilities through their static display. The static display comprised MI-17 helicopter, Chetak and cheetah Helicopters, ground to air Aakash missile system, operational capabilities of Garud special forces through practical demonstration of the practical combat potential, latest assault weapons of their special forces, air to ground armament capable of destroying enemy strategic targets like 1000 pounds bombs and other weapon delivery systems, rockets and explosives. The fire fighting capabilities to handle aircraft emergencies and crash fire along with domestic fire potential of Air force also remained main area of attraction to public.
The display was witnessed by thousands of students and general public, who just wanted to know more about IAF. They were seen taking pictures and selfies with aircrafts missile system and other displays. The publicity stall of air force at the display venue also remained main attraction for public, specifically youth who wanted to know minutest details on how to join Air Force.
Rachit Adhikari, class IX student of Air Force School Bagdogra said, “We have seen these weapons, missiles, rockets and other ammunitions in television but today we got an opportunity to see very closely and also learnt about its use, made, and other information from the experts.
Briefing on the occasion Air Commodore Manu Chaudhary, the Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Bagdogra said that the purpose of organising this event was to showcase IAF air power capabilities to general public through programme 'Know Your Forces' and also to attract youth to join armed forces.
Group Captain Jai Pal Singh Vhauhan, executive director Air Force School & Chief Instructor of Adventure Park said, “The static display will be for public and students till Sunday evening and the outsiders will have to bring identity proof before entering from the Air Force gate.”