Thursday, July 25, 2024

Indian Navy’s Ex-Paschim Lehar Witnesses Mammoth Deployment Of SU 30 MKI, Jaguar, P8i, Dornier, IL 38 SD, MiG 29K Among Other Major Weapons!

By Aritra Banerjee

A joint maritime exercise Paschim Lehar (XPL-2022), conducted by the Indian Navy, concluded off the West Coast on 25 January 2022. The exercise was conducted over 20 days to validate operational plans of the Western Naval Command and enhance Inter-Service synergy among the Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, Indian Army and the Indian Coast Guard. The exercise was conducted under the aegis of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command.

The intra-theatre exercise included mobilisation and participation of over 40 ships and submarines of the Indian Navy. In addition, the IAF deployed SU 30 MKI & Jaguar maritime strike aircraft, Flight Refuelling Aircraft and AWACs, alongside the Indian Navy’s maritime reconnaissance aircraft P8i, Dorniers, IL 38 SD, unmanned aerial systems and MiG 29K strike aircraft. Various elements of the Indian Army, including Air Defence batteries, were also mobilised for the exercise. After a long gap, many OPVs, FPVs and Air Cushion Vessels of the Coast Guard also participated in exercise Paschim Lehar.

A variety of weapon firings in a realistic tactical scenario, besides validation of operational missions and tasks under varying settings, were undertaken during the exercise. The exercise provided all participating forces with an opportunity to operate together under realistic conditions in responding to contemporary maritime challenges across the Command’s responsibility areas.


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