ALH photos for representation only. Photos: Tarmak007 Archives
The Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Army conducted a ‘silent’ day-and-night joint exercise along the St Andrew’s beach in Puthanthope, near Kazhakuttom, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala). According to Army sources, the joint exercise was part of the training for Special Ops. Though the IAF and the Army are officially tight-lipped about the operation held on August 8 (day and night), sources tell Tarmak007 that – it was probably for the first time -- Sarang Helicopter Display Team was called in for such an exercise. “The troops were called in from Hyderabad, while four Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) were summoned from 151 HU based out of Sulur. We haven’t seen the Sarangs during any such operations,” Army sources said. Troops attached to Gorkha Rifles and Madras Regiment is said to have taken part in this rigorous exercise – a fact that couldn’t be independently confirmed by Tarmak007. “Heliborne and slithering operations were carried out by various teams,” sources said.