New Delhi, 19 November (IANS). Indian Navy’s combat aircraft, other aircraft and INS Vikramaditya have been seen maneuvering in coordination with their American counterparts in the ongoing Malabar naval exercise in the Indian Ocean region.
According to the Indian Navy, the Indian Navy’s MiG-29K and maritime patrol aircraft P-8I participated in these operations along with the US Navy’s F-18 and AEW aircraft E2C.
The Indian Navy said, the two fighters served as a composite strike package and went beyond the Dismiller Aircraft Combat Training (DACT) exercises and practiced visual range (BVR) tactics.
The similarity of these difficult and advanced defense exercises and maneuvers and their air handling requires a high level of understanding between the two aircrews.
The Quad of Navies is an informal security forum, with India, the United States, Japan and Australia. It is conducting naval exercises with aircraft carrier battle groups from 17 November to 20 November in the Indian Ocean region.
Explain that from November 3 to November 6, the first phase of the Malabar exercise was held in the Bay of Bengal. This series of Malabar exercises began in 1992 as an annual bilateral naval exercise between India and the US. The practice took place in the Indo-Pacific region amid growing concerns over China’s expansionism on both land and sea.
There has been an 8-month-long military standoff between India and China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.