Source: Defence News
Indian Navy said on Wednesday that the maiden anti-ship missile firing by llyushin 38 Sea Dragon (IL-38 SD) was successful.
According to officials, the IL 38 SD, a Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance (LRMR) aircraft, carried out a successful anti-ship missile firing, ex-Goa.
This was part of the ongoing Theater level Readiness and Operational Exercise (Tropex-17). “The missile hit the target ship in the Arabian Sea,” says an official.
IL 38 SD aircraft has undertaken this maiden firing post modification and midlife upgrade.
“By successfully penetrating the target, the aircraft has demonstrated its highly potent anti-ship missile attack capability,” says the official.
Navy says the development ratifies Indian Navy’s ability to ensure long range sea denial around Indian sub-continent.
IL-38 SD aircraft are based at Goa and is placed under the Headquarters, Western Naval Command.
Tropex-17 spans across Arabian Sea and North Central Indian Ocean. It serves as an opportunity to validate the Indian Navy’s Concepts of Operation.
Over 60 ships, five submarines and more than 70 naval aircraft are participating this year. In addition, a large number of Indian Air Force assets including Su-30 MKI, Jaguars, AWACS and C130J Hercules are part of the mission. Marine Commandoes, Army Special Forces, including Airborne Assault and Combat Free Fall teams too are part of the exercise.