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Admiral Sunil Lanba reviews Indian Navy’s Exercise Tropex 2017
 
Admiral Sunil Lanba

Admiral Sunil Lanba, chief of the naval staff was onboard Indian Naval ships of both Eastern and Western commands to review annual Theatre level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX) 2017. The exercise began on January 24. He was accompanied by General Bipin Rawat, chief of the army staff and Vice Admiral Girish Luthra flag officer commanding-in-chief, western naval command.

The high-point of the exercise was Large Force Engagement (LFE) by the fleet units against threat simulated by air element from Indian Air Force comprising AWACS, SU-30MKIs, Jaguars and IL-78 air-to-air refueller tanks. These threats emanated from different directions and were neutralised by using Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile capabilities of MiG-29Ks operating from INS Vikramaditya in coordination with other fleet units.

TROPEX is a month long exercise/ war drill, encompassing all dimensions of maritime warfare and is witnessing participation of over 60 ships, 05 submarines and more than 70 naval aircraft. It also includes IAF’s Su-30MKI and Jaguar fighters, AWACS, C 130J Hercules and in-flight refuelling aircraft; amphibious elements from Indian Army and ships/ aircraft from the Indian Coast Guard.

The operational area for TROPEX 2017 exercise spans across the Arabian Sea and North Central Indian Ocean. It serves as an opportunity to validate the Indian Navy’s concepts of operation.

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