Indian Navy’s Ilyushin 38SD aircraft fires missiles during TROPEX-21

3 February 2021 (Last Updated February 3rd, 2021 17:11)

The Indian Ministry of Defence has revealed the successful firing of Combat Kh35E anti-ship missiles on 31 January.

Indian Navy’s Ilyushin 38SD aircraft fires missiles during TROPEX-21
Il-38 of the Indian Navy at INS Hansa in Goa, with a Tupolev Tu-142 in the foreground. Credit: Andrea.

The Indian Ministry of Defence has revealed the successful firing of Combat Kh35E anti-ship missiles on 31 January.

The missiles were launched from the Indian Navy’s long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft, Ilyushin 38SD.

The test firing was conducted during the theatre level readiness operational exercise 2021 (TROPEX-21), reported the Press Trust of India (PTI).

Following the release, the Combat Kh35E missiles destroyed the target.

A defence statement was quoted by PTI as saying: “This reaffirms the Indian Navy’s capability to carry out long range maritime strikes in the Indian Ocean Region, a capability that is central to meeting operational challenges and ensuring safe seas, secure coasts.”

TROPEX is an inter-service military exercise that aims to strengthen the joint operations of the Indian armed forces. It is conducted every two years.

Last month, the Indian Navy conducted the second edition of the biennial pan-India coastal defence exercise ‘Sea Vigil-21’.

It was a build up towards TROPEX.

The Indian Navy units combat readiness was put to test in a ‘complex multi-dimensional exercise set in the context of the current geo-strategic environment’.

It saw the participation of assets of the Indian Air Force, army and coast guard.

The Ilyushin Il-38 maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft was designed by the Russian-based Ilyushin Aviation Complex.