New Delhi: India and the US on Wednesday kicked off a two-day multi-domain wargame within the Indian Ocean involving an array of air defence platforms to additional consolidate their operational synergy within the face of China’s growing navy presence within the area.
The US has deployed its naval service strike group, led by the nuclear-powered plane service USS Ronald Reagan, in addition to a fleet of F-18 fighter jets and E-2C Hawkeye all-weather plane for the train, officers stated.
The Indian belongings on the train included Jaguar and Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets, IL-78 air-to-air refuelling tanker plane, AWACS (Airborne Warning and Management System) plane and warships Kochi and Teg.
The Indian Navy has additionally deployed a fleet of P8I maritime surveillance plane and MiG 29K jets, other than different platforms.
The US Provider Strike Group (CSG) is presently deployed within the Indian Ocean area.
A service battle group or service strike group is a mega naval fleet comprising an plane service, accompanied by a lot of destroyers, frigates and different ships.
“The Indian naval warships, together with plane from the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Drive will likely be engaged within the joint multi-domain operations with the service strike group comprising Nimitz-class plane service Ronald Reagan, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh,” Indian Navy’s spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal stated on Tuesday.
He stated the two-day train goals to strengthen the bilateral relationship and cooperation by demonstrating the flexibility to combine and coordinate comprehensively in maritime operations.
Officers stated the high-tempo train will embody superior air-defence drills, cross-deck helicopter operations and anti-submarine manoeuvres with an goal to hone the war-fighting expertise and improve interoperability between the 2 sides.
The train is being carried out south of Thiruvananthapuram, on the western seaboard.
The officers stated the train is focussing on a number of areas, together with enhancing the facets of interoperability, nuances of worldwide built-in maritime search-and-rescue operations and alternate of greatest practices within the maritime airpower area.
The Indo-US defence ties have been on an upswing in the previous few years.
In June 2016, the US had designated India as a “Main Defence Associate”.
The 2 nations have additionally inked key defence and safety pacts over the previous few years, together with the Logistics Trade Memorandum of Settlement (LEMOA) in 2016 that permits their militaries to make use of one another’s bases for restore and replenishment of provides in addition to gives for deeper cooperation.
The 2 sides have additionally signed the Communications Compatibility and Safety Settlement (COMCASA) in 2018 that gives for interoperability between the 2 militaries and the sale of high-end know-how from the US to India.
In October final 12 months, India and the US sealed the Primary Trade and Cooperation Settlement (BECA) to additional increase the bilateral defence ties.
The pact gives for the sharing of high-end navy know-how, logistics and geospatial maps between the 2 nations.