From Operation Brasstacks To Gaganshakti, A Test Of Indian Military’s Mettle


The Indian Air Force (IAF) concluded the biggest exercise in its history — Gaganshakti-2018 — last week, involving more than 1,100 aircraft testing its readiness to fight a two-front war. HT looks back at Operation Brasstacks which took place in 1987.

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It was in Operation Brasstacks in 1987, when the army moved tens of thousands of troops to the western border, along with armoured columns, artillery and rocket systems, in an overwhelming show of military.

Operation Brasstacks, the brainchild of then army chief, the flamboyant General Krishnaswami Sundarji, was intimidating and spectacular in equal measure.

It also asserted India’s superiority over Pakistan in conventional warfare.

“Sundarji believed in mechanisation on a massive scale with multiple core offensives supported by armour, artillery and airpower,” said military affairs expert Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak (retd). Read More

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