• After taking off in the frontline Sukhoi-30 MKI, President Pratibha Patil once again donned military fatigues to ride a T-90 main battle tank, becoming the first head of state to do so.

  • Black overalls worn by the personnel of the tank regiments, the 76-year-old President entered the exercise 'Sudarshan Shakti' riding in the main battle tank with Army Chief General V K Singh. 

  • The exercise also involves operation by aircraft such as Su-30 MKI, Jaguars, Mig-27 and Mig-21 AWACS and helicopters. 

  • The exercise will help the Southern Command to validate its war-fighting concepts while working towards 'capability- based approach' relying on a series of transformational initiatives, concepts, organisational structures and absorption of new age technologies.