The Indian Army is going to start a large drill in the Andaman-Nicobar Islands soon. This drill will start from next week. The Ministry of Defense (Defense Ministry) said that during this drill, joint combat-fighting capabilities between three services, speeding up operational synergy, high tempo excise, transport aircraft Transport Aircraft by incorporating fighter jets, helicopters warship, infantry The element of Combat Vehicle and Special Forces will be included, with the ministry saying that the Indian Army will conduct high-intensity offensive and defensive maneuvers in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. Andaman is 1,200 km away from the mainland of India.
This drill is being conducted at a time when there is a constant standoff between India and China in the Ladakh region. The Indian Navy has increased surveillance in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) to keep an eye on China. China is constantly making its moves in strategic waters to expand its territory. Chinese ships are often seen in this area. The military exercise will be coordinated by the Andaman and Nicobar Command at Port Blair and India’s only tri-service command.
Every move of China in marine drill monitored
The Defense Ministry said in a statement that the exercise would include coordinated applications of maritime surveillance assets, coordinated air and sea strikes, air defense, submarine and landing operations. The scope of the exercise will cover joint intelligence, surveillance and ISR tasks, including the military’s technical, electronic and human intelligence elements.
From doing naval exercises with like-minded countries to reaching states in the IOR, India’s focus has been to explore China’s growing ambitions in the region and give it a strong message. India wants China to say that Beijing’s power play in the South China Sea cannot be repeated in the Indian sea border.
Importance of India’s drill strategy at sea
According to the statement of the Ministry of Defense, this drill will witness the deployment of assets related to the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. The exercise will include air force Jaguar sea strike aircraft, transport aircraft, elements of the Indian Army amphibious brigade, destroyers, anti-submarine combat aircraft and warships, anti-submarine warships for ship-borne helicopters of Visakhapatnam-based Eastern Naval Command.
Officials said that the practice at sea holds strategic importance for India. Because China is trying to open many avenues in the Indian Ocean to overcome its strategic weakness.