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Western Naval Command Concludes Exercise Paschim Leher (XPL-18)

  • It is a three week long exercise termed Exercise „Paschim Leher‟ (XPL).
  • The Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy concluded a large scale operational exercise in the Arabian Sea.
  • It tested the operational readiness of the Western Naval Command and the execution of its operational plans.
  • Over 40 naval assets including the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, frontline ships of the Western Fleet and Eastern Fleet participated in the exercise.
  • The XPL 2018 enabled testing and revalidation of operational plans and manoeuvres in a hostile maritime scenario on India‟s Western Seaboard.
  • Defence of Indian offshore assets, such as oil rigs, escort operations of Indian merchant ships as well as coastal defence, were also rehearsed.

DefExpo 2018 Chennai gets huge response

  • DefExpo India is one of the largest events of its kind in the world for the last 10 years.
  • For the first time DefExpo is being held in Chennai from 11 to 14 April 2018.
  • The location of the event is Tiruvidanthal, Kancheepuramdistrict on the East Coast Road near Chennai.
  • The main theme of this DefExpo 2018 is to showcase India as a major hub of defence production in the world.
  • This has generated tremendous enthusiasm amongst the domestic industries to showcase their indigenously manufactured platforms and components.