New Delhi: The Indian Air Force has deferred
its biggest ever war game codenamed `Operation Livewire` --
which was scheduled to begin later next month -- after
realizing that the force needed to integrate its new
acquisitions into the service before holding the exercise.
The IAF was planning to deploy all its frontline
aircraft, including the Su-30MKI, Jaguar, Mirage 2000 and the
AWACs, at the exercise earlier planned be held between March
24 and April 15.
"The exercise was deferred after we realized that we
needed to integrate our new assets with the existing sensors
and systems," IAF officials said here, adding new dates and
schedule for holding the exercise has not been decided yet.
As per IAF`s plans, the exercise would have involved the
assets of IAF`s main operational formations including the
Delhi-based Western Command and Gandhinagar-based South
During the war game, the IAF would have practiced fighting
both conventional and non-conventional warfare which would
have included manoeuvres to carry out surgical strikes.
The IAF had recently carried out Exercise MahaGujRaj with
the Army over the western desert.