De­fence Min­is­ter A.K. Antony Re­views TROPEX 2012

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THE­ATRE LEVEL READI­NESS AND Op­er­a­tional Ex­er­cise (TROPEX) is con­ducted by the In­dian Navy as a ma­jor an­nual ex­er­cise of the com­bined fleets to test its pre­pared­ness to deal with any con­tin­gency. Al­most 40 ships in­clud­ing sub­marines and 13 naval air­craft and UAVs par­tic­i­pated in the ex­er­cise held this year. Units of the ICG and 18 air­craft of the IAF also took part in the ex­er­cise which was con­ducted off the Visakha­p­at­nam Coast. De­fence Min­is­ter A.K. Antony spent two days with the In­dian Navy on Fe­bru­ary 7-8, 2012, ac­com­pa­nied by the CNS Ad­mi­ral Nir­mal Verma and the FoC-in-C, Eastern Naval Com­mand Vice Ad­mi­ral A.K. Cho­pra to wit­ness the ex­er­cise. The high­lights were: Two com­pletely net­worked fleets, widely dis­persed across seas in the In­dian Ocean, op­er­ated in a dense elec­tronic en­vi­ron­ment to match their pro­fes­sional and tech­ni­cal pro­fi­ciency. Joint­man­ship was added by the par­tic­i­pa­tion of IAF air­craft such as AWACS, Sukhois, Mi­rages and Jaguars. De­fence Min­is­ter wit­nessed INS Shiva­lik ex­e­cute var­i­ous evo­lu­tions in­clud­ing a ‘sur­face gun shoot’ and Jack­stay with INS Shakti in copy­book fash­ion. In­ci­den­tally, it may be re­called that the De­fence Min­is­ter had com­mis­sioned INS Shiva­lik on April 29, 2010 and Ad­mi­ral Verma had com­mis­sioned INS Shakti on Oc­to­ber 1, 2011. The in­te­gra­tion of INS Shiva­lik and INS Shakti has been fully achieved. The De­fence Min­is­ter also saw op­er­a­tional net­work­ing dur­ing his visit to INS Vi­raat as op­er­a­tional plots and pic­tures from re­mote sen­sors were trans­ferred and col­lated in a flash to present a com­pre­hen­sive pic­ture of the bat­tle space and ef­fect op­ti­mal use of the weapons on board the var­i­ous po­tent ships. The re­cently up­graded Sea Har­ri­ers proved their lethal­ity with ranges ex­tended by air-to-air re­fu­elling and BVR mis­siles. Su 30MKI air­craft, Mi­rages and Jaguars, be­ing di­rected by an IAF AWACS, oper­at­ing over sea for the first time tested the air de­fence ca­pa­bil­ity of the INS Vi­raat. A crit­i­cal part of anti-mis­sile de­fence was the suc­cess­ful in­ter­cep­tion of a fast, low fly­ing, sur­face-to-sur­face mis­sile by a SAM. BrahMos, su­per­sonic long-range anti-ship­ping mis­sile, was launched suc­cess­fully from a re­cently up­graded Ran­vir class de­stroyer. The De­fence Min­is­ter also wit­nessed a full scale air power demon­stra­tion from INS Vi­raat with Seakings, Sea Har­ri­ers and Chetaks par­tic­i­pat­ing. MAR­COS car­ried out a pre­ci­sion land­ing on the flight deck in the mid­dle of the sea us­ing com­bat free fall tech­nique. Ad­dress­ing the ‘Vi­raa­tees’, the Min­is­ter said that he was “very very happy to be on In­dia’s most pres­ti­gious INS Vi­raat” and added that by early next year the In­dian Navy is likely to op­er­ate one more air­craft car­rier Vikra­ma­ditya and the in­dige­nous air­craft car­rier some years later. Stat­ing that 26/11 changed the se­cu­rity ma­trix, he said that the en­tire na­tion now ac­knowl­edges the crit­i­cal re­quire­ment of maritime se­cu­rity and the im­por­tant role of the In­dian Navy. Com­ple­ment­ing the men on their pro­fes­sion­al­ism, the Min­is­ter added “Wher­ever we go (abroad), In­dian Navy is the most sought af­ter ser­­mer­ous coun­tries want more co­op­er­a­tion with the In­dian Navy.”

TROPEX 2012 con­tin­ued over the next few days and the suc­cess­ful mis­sile launches and in­ter­cep­tions, un­in­ter­rupted seam­less op­er­a­tions in a net­worked con­di­tion with BVR in­ter­cep­tions her­ald the emer­gence of a ca­pa­ble and po­tent ‘fu­ture ready’ In­dian Navy.


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