Indian Navy Ships – INS Kolkata, INS Shakti to Participate in Chinese International Fleet Review on April 23

Indian Navy warships would be participating in Chinese international fleet review which is to be held at Qingdao on April 23. These two Naval ships are – the destroyer INS Kolkata and tanker INS Shakti. Chinese President Xi Jinping will review the warships. The Indian Naval ships will reach Qingdao on  April 21.The international review fleet is being held as part of the celebrations of the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army’s Navy. IAF’s Tejas-MK1 Front Runner to Bag Aircraft Contract of Royal Malaysian Air Force; Pakistan’s JF-17, South Korea’s FA-50 Golden Eagle Also in Race.

According to reports, major navies are likely to take part in it. The Indian Navy tweeted, “Indigenous Stealth Destroyer #INSKolkata & Fleet Tanker #INSShakti to represent India & participate in International Fleet Review at Qingdao, China as part of the 70th Anniversary celebrations of PLA(Navy). Ships 2reach on 21 Apr.” Indian Navy’s Virtual Reality Centre For Designing Warships Inaugurated by Admiral Sunil Lanba.

International Fleet Review (IFR) is a parade of naval ships, aircraft, and submarines. It is being organised by nations to promote goodwill, strengthen cooperation and showcase their organisational capabilities. It is also an opportunity for the various countries to showcase their indigenous ship designing and shipbuilding capabilities to the world. IFR also serves as an ideal platform for the world’s navies to showcase their prowess and indigenous ship designing and shipbuilding capabilities in the international arena. Indian Navy to Get MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk Helicopters Soon; US Approves USD 2.6 Billion Deal.

INS Kolkata is the lead ship of the Kolkata-class stealth guided-missile destroyers of the Indian Navy. It was constructed at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL). The ship was commissioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a ceremony held on August 16, 2014. It is equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors which are useful in every dimension of the naval warfare. Meanwhile the INS Shakti is a Deepak-class fleet tanker. It was built by Fincantieri, an Italian shipbuilding company based in Trieste.  It is one of the largest tankers displacing over 27,000 tonnes and capable of carrying 15,000 tonnes of liquid cargo and over 500 tonnes of solid cargo including victuals and ammunition.

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Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa Raises Concern Over Chinese Air Force’s Increasing Presence in Tibet

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on April 26, said that there was a ‘significant increase’ in the presence Chinese aircraft and aircrew in the Tibet Autonomous region as compared to any other military region. This statement of the Chief of Air Staff comes at the time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in China for a two-day meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

While speaking at a talk on the role of the IAF in the changing security environment conducted by the Vivekananda International Foundation, Dhanoa said, “Over the past few years we have seen a significant increase in aircraft and aircrew in the Tibet Autonomous Region from other military regions. The deployment of Sukhoi-27 and J-10 fleets for continuous operations during winter months affords them a credible year-round capability. Earlier, many years back they only used to occupy the airfields during the summers.” reported The Economic Times. Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa also warned India to step up preparations, as rival country is strengthening its fire power.

The IAF chief also highlighted the improvement made by the Chinese Air Force. According to Dhanoa, China has developed a modern air force which believes in quality rather than quantity. and China has also the second largest air force in the world. Decribing the capabilities of the Chinese Air Force, Dhanoa said that China had a mix of multi-role fighter and combat aircraft. The IAF Chief also stressed on the fact that China has geographical disadvantage in Tibet due to high altitude and cold temperatures.

The Chief of Air Staff also highlighted the strength of the Indian Air Force, but at the same time, he stressed on the fact that the IAF needs to acquire its full strength of 42 squadrons to compete with the growing air power of the neighbour country. Presently the Indian Air Force has 31 fighter squadrons.

The Air Chief appreciated the efforts of the force in the recently concluded war-like exercise ‘Gagan-Shakti 2018’ as it met the objectives of the force. It is very interesting to note that both India and China have never violated the each other’s airspace.