India-US joint military drill: Sukhois fly with F18s

IANS

The Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force participated with the US Navy Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group in a two-day joint drill in the Indian Ocean region.

The exercise, which ended on Thursday, has been a key enabler in building interoperability and strengthening the defense coordination between the two nations.

These included intense air dominance exercises, advanced air defense exercises, anti-submarine exercises, tactical maneuvers and cross-deck helicopter operations,” said the Indian Navy.

The Indian Navy showcased its guided missile stealth destroyer Kochi, guided missile frigates Teg, maritime air dominance fighter MiG 29K, long-range maritime patrol aircraft P8I, Seaking 42B and Kamov AEW helicopters during the joint exercise.

The IAF hardware included Jaguars and Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters, AWACS, AEW&C and air-to-air re-fueler aircraft.

The US side was represented by the Nimitz class aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan with her integral maritime air element comprising F18 fighters, E2D AEW&C aircraft and MH60R ASW helicopters, Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Halsey, and Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh.

The exercise has been a milestone in strengthening the cooperation between the two countries and reinforcing the shared values as partner militaries, in ensuring freedom of seas and commitment to an open and inclusive Indo-Pacific and a rules-based international order.