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Indian Air Force 'hits' warships in deep sea, carries out attacks on targets

  While showcasing its extensive reach, the Indian Air Force carried out long-range strike missions in deep sea on both eastern and western seaboard where it carried out attacks on targets, including the Malacca Straits, which is the entry point of Chinese military warships into the Indian Ocean region. Top government sources said the deep sea missions during the Exercise Gagan Shakti have also shown that the Chinese 'pearl of strings' (military bases alongside Indian maritime boundary) are well within striking range of the Air Force which demonstrated the capability by carrying out missions of over 2,000 kilometres with air to air refuelling. "Our Su-30MKI combat planes took off from air bases in Southern India including Tanjavur and Sulur where they were equipped with aerial versions of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles with a striking range of around 300 km and carried out simulated strikes in the Malacca Straits, Nine Degree Channel and other targets towards the western sea board," the sources told Mail Today. Almost 80 per cent of Chinese merchant vessels pass through the Nine Degree Channel to move towards Chinese ports and from there to various global destinations. The deep sea missions demonstrated the ability that through its Air Force, India can dominate the Indian Ocean Region against any military activity including that of the Chinese there, they said.



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