India, US start mega wargame in Indian Ocean with eye on China

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New Delhi: India and the US on Wednesday began a two-day multi-domain wargame in the Indian Ocean including a variety of air defence platforms to additional combine their functional synergy in the face of China’s increasing military existence in the region.

The United States has released its naval carrier strike group, led by the nuclear-powered airplane carrier USS Ronald Reagan, along with a fleet of F-18 fighter jets and E-2C Hawkeye all-weather airplane for the workout, officials said.

The Indian assets at the exercise included Jaguar and Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets, IL-78 air-to-air refuelling tanker airplane, AWACS (Airborne Caution and Control System) airplane and warships Kochi and Teg.

The Indian Navy has also deployed a fleet of P8I maritime monitoring airplane and MiG 29K jets, apart from other platforms.

The US Provider Strike Group (CSG) is currently released in the Indian Ocean region.

A provider battle group or provider strike group is a mega marine fleet making up an airplane provider, accompanied by a large number of destroyers, frigates and other ships.

“The Indian naval warships, along with aircraft from the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force will be engaged in the joint multi-domain operations with the provider strike group comprising Nimitz-class carrier Ronald Reagan, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh,” Indian Navy’s representative Leader Vivek Madhwal stated on Tuesday.

He stated the two-day workout intends to enhance the bilateral relationship and cooperation by demonstrating the ability to integrate and coordinate thoroughly in maritime operations.

Authorities said the high-tempo workout will include sophisticated air-defence drills, cross-deck helicopter operations and anti-submarine manoeuvres with a goal to sharpen the war-fighting skills and boost interoperability between the two sides.

The workout is being performed south of Thiruvananthapuram, on the western coast.

The officials said the exercise is focussing on several areas, consisting of improving the aspects of interoperability, subtleties of international integrated maritime search-and-rescue operations and exchange of best practices in the maritime airpower domain.

The Indo-US defence ties have actually been on an increase in the last few years.

In June 2016, the US had designated India as a “Major Defence Partner”.

The 2 countries have likewise inked essential defence and security pacts over the last few years, including the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Arrangement (LEMOA) in 2016 that enables their armed forces to use each other’s bases for repair work and replenishment of materials along with offers deeper cooperation.

The two sides have likewise signed the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) in 2018 that attends to interoperability between the two armed forces and the sale of high-end innovation from the US to India.

In October last year, India and the United States sealed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Arrangement (BECA) to even more improve the bilateral defence ties.

The pact attends to the sharing of high-end military technology, logistics and geospatial maps in between the two countries.


Published at Wed, 23 Jun 2021 19:55:16 +0000