Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
20-March-2008 15:36 IST
Army and Air Force jointly execute air-land battle concept during exercise brazen chariots
The Indian Army and the Indian Air Force jointly executed the Air Land Battle doctrine at Pokharan Field Firing Ranges during Exercise “Brazen Chariots” Yesterday. This doctrine is based on manoeuvre and rapid response to disrupt enemy’s decision cycle. It is also associated with the idea of an extended battlefield, intended to disrupt and delay the enemy’s follow on echelons. Organic weapons of the Army may not always be capable of achieving this objective due to their limited range and mobility. This can most effectively be carried out by air power. The probability of future conventional wars being short, swift and intense has necessitated a shift in focus of land battle to manoeuvre warfare. The Air Land doctrine stresses on the fundamental shift away from the past attrition style of warfare to one of air arm making a significant contribution to the success of battle. It progressively recognizes that the inherent flexibility, variety and reach of airpower makes it a prime contributor to the future war.

During the exercise, the latest array of weaponry were fielded by the Indian Army and the IAF, in a joint and synergistic Air-Land battle setting. In addition the IAF’s ability and reach to para drop Special Forces and Para Troopers with heavy combat and logistic loads was being integrated in this exercise. The joint operations with ground forces demonstrated the synergy and team spirit. During the exercise fighters transport aircraft and helicopters including SU-30, MIG 21, MIG 27, IL 76, AN 32, MI-17 and MI-35 aircraft unleashed its firepower of a variety of weapons on simulated targets like artillery gun positions, company defended localities, communication nodes, logistics camps and armoured depots. The Army Aviation was also used for tactical mobility of land forces during the exercise.

The Exercise involved engagement of an air target by shoulder fired air defence missiles, special heliborne operations, firing of multi barrel launcher batteries, helidrop, deployment and firing of a mortar battery and conduct of airborne operations. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with electronic sensors were also used to provide necessary support to these simulated operations.

Exercise BRAZEN CHARIOTS, was witnessed by senior military dignitaries of about 60 countries.