Firing Drills were conducted by Indian Air Force for Near realistic Training of Air Force warriors
The Indian Air Force conducted firing drills with indigenous Akash missile and Igla missile defense systems. Igla Missile System is a Russian Origin Short Range Missile defence system. The drills are conducted at Suryalanka Air Force Station situated in the state of Andhra Pradesh. To provide near realistic training to combat crews of the Indian Airforce Igla system operated by the Indian Army was used. The Russian Missile is able to engage maneuverable expendable aerial targets (MEAT).
The Igla-S system is Man-Portable Infrared Homing Surface-to-Air Missile Defence System. It is used against aerial threats like tactical aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, cruise missiles, etc. The missile system comprises a range of 6 km and can go up to 3 km high (altitude) to hunt the targets. Due to the mighty Himalayas, the youngest fold mountain ranges of the world, Indian geographic terrains possess variations. From the cold desert of Siachen to Thiruvalluvar Statue (the point where three majestic water bodies Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal & Arabian Sea meet) and Indira Point of Andaman Nicobar Island group & from dense forests of North Eastern Regions to one of the driest places in the world, the Thar desert, Indian Armed forces possess a varied place of adventures. This system provides support to the soldiers as it is all-weather capable. Initially, the Igla system was operational which was later replaced by an advanced version, Igla-S.
India’s First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier expected launching expected time disclosed
From credible sources of the Indian Navy, it is clear that the first indigenous aircraft carrier of the nation INS Vikrant is to launch by the end of the year 2021 or in the first half of the year 2022. Recently, Vice Admiral of AK Chawla was present with Chairman and Managing Director of Cochin Shipyard Ltd Madhu Nair at the basin trials which is the analysis of the equipment and apparatus in variable conditions were successfully carried out lately. Cochin Shipyard Ltd. is constructing the mighty ship in Kochi, Kerala. Now, the INS Vikrant project has entered into its third phase. The sea trials are expected to commence in the first half of the year 2021.
The development cost of the INS Vikrant was increased to 3.5 billion USD in 2014. In 2019 a supplementary 420 million USD was sanctioned for phase III of the development.
The Home-grown Aircraft Carrier is established to be appointed into service by the conclusion of 2021 or early 2022. The development is important in light of the Atmanirbhar Bharat mission as 75% of its constituents and onboard apparatus are indigenously industrialized. The carrier is in the concluding stages of its creation at Cochin Shipyard Ltd. The Ship will have Short Takeoff but an Arrested Recovery Mechanism (STOBAR) and this mechanism are very much comparable to the mechanism in the current carrier INS Vikramaditya. INS Vikrant is power-driven by 4 General Electric gas turbines.
INS Vikrant is not a new name for India. Previously operated, it was a Majestic-class aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy. The ship project was initiated by the HMS Hercules for the British Royal Navy during World War II, but due to war the construction was halted and it remained incomplete till 1957. India purchased the incomplete ship which took 4 more years to get completed in 1961. In 1997, the INS Vikrant was decommissioned from the primary naval arm of the Indian Armed forces.
The motto of INS Vikrant is “Jayema Sam Yudhi Spardhah”. It was taken from Rig Veda and it means “I defeat those who fight against me”.
Where does the enemy stand?
As far as Indian Maritime Security is concerned, Pakistan and China’s Navy poses threat.
The People’s Liberation Army Navy of China (PLAN) comprises two combat-ready aircraft carriers, the Liaoning and Shandong. Shandong also is known as Type 002 was the first indigenous aircraft carrier of China which was launched in 2017. Shandong is a first-generation Chinese aircraft carrier which was initially designated as Type 001A (During commissioning designated as Type 002). Liaoning is a Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier or Chinese Type 001 aircraft carrier. Named after a province in China, Liaoning is the first aircraft carrier commissioned into the People’s Liberation Army Navy, originally it was a training ship, intended to do experiments to train and gain familiarity with aircraft carrier operations. It is projected that, by the 2030s, China may possess five or six aircraft carriers. In the Indian Ocean Region, the presence of PLAN is increasing continuously. Not only aircraft carriers, but an increasing number of Chinese submarine production to be deployed in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is also a cause of concern.
As far as Pakistan is concerned, there is no aircraft carrier presently operational in the Pakistani Navy. But there was speculation that the first aircraft of PLAN to be sold to Pakistan.
Largest Aircraft Carrier of the World:
USS Nimitz is the largest aircraft carrier possessed by the naval arm of any country currently operated by the US Navy. Recently, the Indian Navy has conducted PASSEX near the Andaman Nicobar Island group along with US Navy. The US Navy Carrier was included in the fleet. Similarly, in the Second Phase of Malabar exercise 2020 USS Nimitz along with Indian, Australian, and Japanese Warships to showcase power in the Asia-Pacific Region.
The pilot of Indian Navy’s crashed MiG29k still missing
The pilot of the Russian Origin MiG29k fighter aircraft which was crashed into the sea last Thursday is still missing. The crash debris has been located by 9 warships and 14 aircraft which are constantly on a mission to find the pilot. The aircraft is facing a lot of criticism since it is the third crash which includes MiG29K within a year. Before this, MiG 21 Bison of the same company origin was notorious as the ‘flying coffin’ as it was on top of the list of the most crashed aircraft of Indian Airforce.