Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Indian Navy Exercise TROPEX-2012

Indian Navy Statement: Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony was given a glimpse of the expansive scope and scale of the Indian Navy's annual Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX) over a two day visit to the Bay of Bengal with the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma and the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral AK Chopra.

In the backdrop, were two completely networked fleets, widely dispersed across seas in the Indian Ocean, operating in a dense electronic environment to match their professional and technical proficiency. New platforms, weapons sensors, communication systems and tactics were being tested and tried to optimize the net combat power of the fleets. Over forty surface combatants of various classes, submarines and a large number of aircraft including UAVs are participating in the exercise. As would be the case in any operation of the twenty first century, the exercise had a jointmanship element as IAF aircraft such as AWACS, Sukhois, Mirages and Jaguars also participated.

'No Limits', the motto of INS Shivalik where the Defence Minister first landed, best described the scale of the Indian Naval operational exercise. The Defence Minister witnessed INS Shivalik execute, various evolutions including a 'surface gun shoot' and jackstay with INS Shakti in copy book fashion. Incidentally, it may be recalled that the Defence Minister had commissioned INS Shivalik on Apr 29, 2010 and Admiral Verma had commissioned INS Shakti on October 01, 2011. The integration of INS Shivalik and INS Shakti as fully operational components of the Eastern Fleet in such a short span of time reflected the efficiency and professionalism of Indian Navy's training and operational methodology.

INS Viraat, the Flag ship of the Western Fleet, demonstrated the power of a networked force as operational plots and pictures from remote sensors were transferred and collated in a flash to present a comprehensive picture of the Battlespace 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 refueling 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 even as the ships were operating in a Multi- threat scenario. During this battle the Defence Minister witnessed, first hand, the potency of the upgraded Sea Harriers particularly in the networked environment.

A critical part of Anti Missile Defence being Surface to Air Missiles (SAM), the Defence Minister witnessed the successful interception of a fast, low flying, Surface to Surface missile by a SAM. A clear night with a full moon laid an idyllic setting for this demonstration of power and professionalism.

The Defence Minister witnessed a successful and impressive launch of the Brahmos, supersonic long range anti shipping missile, from a recently up-graded Ranvir class destroyer. This was particularly satisfying as the launch of the missile was an affirmation of our indigenous weapon capabilities.

The Defence Minister also witnessed a full scale air power demonstration from INS Viraat with Seakings, Sea Harriers and Chetaks participating. Whilst on board INS Viraat, Shri Antony was also shown the reputed professionalism of the MARCOS as they carried out a precision landing on the flight deck in the middle of the sea using Combat Free Fall technique.

Photos / DPR, Navy 

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wish we had at least 1 aircraft carrier like the US. The ones we are designing are way too small.

joydeep ghosh said...

@Shiv Aroor

just one question

With Sea Harriers set to retire from late 2013, will INS viraat which is still very much battle worthy be still in use as a LPD or Helicopter Carrier with tri-service ANC command or decommissioned immediately

thanks

Joydeep Ghosh

Anonymous said...

Wonderful overall, love the Bhramos.

Anonymous said...

the pics are beautiful...

indian said...

awesome pic dude in 4th pic its brahmos :) grest to see the old viraat in action. hope we can get ins vikramaditya dis year .

Anonymous said...

Well as the things are progressing the Sea Harriers may see service till 2015. I wish the navy had 6 aircraft carriers lets see

Mr. Ra said...

Grand show. Congrats...

Tanmoy said...

Nice pics ........ carry on

parmeet said...

Awesome Pics ! esp the Viraat and Bhramos ones!

Anonymous said...

Shiv, do you have a pic of the interception by Barak ? That's the Styx missile being fired from the angled deck launcher, being used as the target missile. Baraks are VLS missiles. The interception picture would show the accuracy of Barak against the sub-sonic Styx.

Dinakar Peri said...

Awesome pics...