Indian Navy to showcase unprecedented Naval power in twin carrier operations off West coast

Following Exercise Milan, Admiral R Hari Kumar announced impending Indian Navy operations involving both aircraft carriers, INS Vikrant and INS Vikramaditya, off the West coast. Increased naval operations is highlighted by anti-drone and anti-piracy measures. Approval of the C295 aircraft reflects the dedication to ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and represents an advancement in aerial surveillance capabilities.

Admiral R Hari Kumar said on Sunday that the Indian Navy will be conducting significant operations off the West coast in the next ten days that will involve the fleets of both of its aircraft carriers, the homegrown INS Vikrant and the INS Vikramaditya.

While both carriers will be at Visakhapatnam for the current “Exercise Milan,” Admiral Kumar revealed in an exclusive interview with ANI that the twin carrier operations would not begin until the exercise was finished in the next ten days.

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“The carriers, as well as the escort ships, will all proceed to the western seaboard after Exercise Milan for integration into the fleet,” stated the Commander of the Navy.

Admiral Hari Kumar noted the deployment of ten ships for anti-drone measures and an additional three to four ships involved in anti-piracy operations, indicating an unprecedented degree of naval activity in the region and highlighting the increased operational tempo on the western seaboard.

However, the Navy chief made it clear that the INS Vikrant will be stationed on the east coast once the required infrastructure is put in place there, highlighting the strategic placement of assets following operational needs.

Admiral Hari Kumar revealed that the C295 aircraft for the Navy had just received approval from the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), marking a noteworthy advancement in aerial surveillance capabilities. There are currently 15 aircraft in the works, nine of which are for the Navy and six of which are for the Coast Guard.

Emphasising the dedication to ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (an independent India), Admiral Hari Kumar emphasised that the C295 aircraft would be produced in India. He went on to say that Tata Advanced Systems Limited and DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) would work together to build the sensor suite and information management system for these aircraft.

The complexity and long-term goal of strengthening India’s defence capabilities are demonstrated by the Navy chief’s warning that, as a result of the project’s developmental nature, it would take about four to five years before the first aircraft is delivered.