Countering China in IOR, Indian Navy Conducts Largest War Games

By: Ravi Shankar

With a focus to counter China’s growing assertiveness in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), the Indian Navy has conducted over a month-long drill, its largest military exercise ever – the Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX-21) – in Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The biennial exercise had commenced in early January 2021 involving all three Commands of the Indian Navy, the Tri-Services Command at Port Blair, and elements of Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Coast Guard that “aimed to validate its concepts of war-fighting across the entire spectrum of warfare,” according to the Indian Navy.

The exercise involving over 100 combatants practised various anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare scenarios simulating to take on the Chinese PLA’s Navy and Pakistan Navy weapon platforms in the IOR. The exercise witnessed live combat firings of missiles and torpedoes undertaken from warships, aircraft and submarines in complex multi-threat scenarios. 

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