An Indian Navy P-8I maritime patrol aircraft was spotted in flight on the Philippines, near the South China Sea, almost all of which is claimed by China.
The submarine fighter plane is in the area to participate in Exercise Malabar, featuring navies from the four Quad countries.
This edition of Naval Exercise Malabar is hosted by the US Navy in the Western Pacific off Guam. The area is not far from the South China Sea, where China has built a large number of man-made islands and militarized them to bolster its territorial claims over these waters, which are home to some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. world.
China opposes the deployment of foreign military vessels to the region, including the United States’ freedom of navigation patrols to assert its right to use the South China Sea waterways.
Before reaching Guam in the Western Pacific for Exercise Malabar, the Indian Naval Task Force consisting of the guided missile destroyer Ranvijay, the guided missile frigate Shivalik, the anti-submarine corvette Kadmatt and the corvette Kora missile launcher has also been deployed in the South China Sea. The Indian Navy has organized exercises with the navies of the Philippines and Vietnam, two of China’s neighbors, which are contesting its claims over parts of the South China Sea.
“These maritime initiatives strengthen synergy and coordination between the Indian Navy and friendly countries, based on common interests and a commitment to freedom of navigation at sea,” the Indian Navy said on August 2.
A fleet of Indian Navy P-8I underwater fighter jets have joined the Naval Task Force for Exercise Malabar, which will see participation from Japan and Australia, outside of the United States. The fleet will participate in an anti-submarine warfare exercise during the exercise.
The Navy received its tenth P-8I aircraft from Boeing in July of this year. The plane, which is part of the second batch of four P-8Is purchased by India, arrived in Goa from Seattle in the United States after stopovers in Hawaii, Guam and Brunei.
Nine of these devices are already in service with the Indian Navy, the first foreign customer of the P8 platform.
While nine are in service, two more are expected to be delivered this year and six more are in the process of being procured. The Navy, according to reports, plans to have a total of 22 of these planes over the next few years to keep an eye on Chinese movements in the Indian Ocean region, especially its submarines.
India has also used the aircraft to track Chinese deployments along the real line of control amid the ongoing standoff in eastern Ladakh. Indian Navy P8s have been seen flying into Ladakh at least twice.
The aircraft was used to monitor Chinese movements along the border during the 73-day standoff at Doklam in 2017. As Captain DK Sharma (retired), who was the porter, later revealed. speech and the Indian Navy public relations officer, “The planes were broadcasting live data to aid in decision-making during the Doklam confrontation.”
The plane, according to a report, was also used “to monitor the movements of Pakistani troops after the terrorist attack on Pulwama last year.”
The P-8Is are equipped with the AN / APY-10 radar, which its manufacturer Raytheon describes as “a maritime, coastal and surveillance radar ”. As is clear from the description, the radar can be used to monitor ground movements and is capable of providing data in all weather conditions, night and day.
In the synthetic aperture and reverse synthetic aperture modes, the AN / APY-10 radar can penetrate through clouds and foliage to provide detailed images of the surface below. Images produced by radar in these modes can show details such as the size of objects and structures on the surface, movement and change.
Talk to Tyler Rogoway about The war zone, a pilot from Patrol Squadron Five, a United States Navy maritime patrol squadron, also known as “Mad Foxes,” said: “ESM (electronic surveillance measures) is used to collect a wide range of transmitters used by. .. land installations at extended distances. It allows us to be able to geolocate the transmitters to find a foreign submarine, a surface fighter or a land-to-air site. It is also a passive system, which allows us to secretly monitor a large area.
“The EO / IR (electro-optical / infrared) camera can be used to visually identify land and sea targets, with the IR camera having both warm white and black images,” the pilot said. The war zone.