Rajat Pandit, New Delhi: India has started SIMBAX naval exercises in the Bay of Bengal with Singapore from Wednesday. By the end of the year, the world will see the power of the QUAD countries. Be it the Malabar Naval exercise or the infantry exercise with Australia and the three ASEAN countries. India and the US will conduct military exercises in difficult areas near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. The Malabar exercise is to be conducted from November 8 to 18. Warships, submarines, fighter jets and helicopters from India, the US, Japan and Australia will assemble in Yokusaka, Japan. These QUAD countries are determined to respond to any ‘force’ in the Indo-Pacific given China’s expansionist stance. Here the power of the Quad will be seen in the Indo-Pacific, while the love of these superpowers will burn the blood of China. The QUAD countries have made it clear that they will jointly respond to China’s inappropriate actions. AUKUS is also involved in this partnership. It is a group of the US, United Kingdom and Australia that was formed to help Canberra acquire nuclear submarines.
Be it land or water, India is ready for war!
The Malabar exercise will involve multi-role stealth frigate INS Shivalik, anti-submarine corvette INS Kamorta and a P-8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft. India has also prepared for ground exercises with the US. The battalion level exercise will be held from November 15 to December 2 at Auli in Uttarakhand. This place is just 100 km from LAC bordering China. An official said, “About 350 soldiers from both sides will participate in the exercise.” The integrated battle groups will be tested in mountains and extreme cold environments.
Slowly but surely, India is strengthening its defense ties with Australia. The armies of both the countries will participate in the first ‘Astra-Hind’ infantry combat exercise to be held from November 28 to December 11. Another army official said, “This will increase the ability to operate simultaneously in semi-desert areas.”