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Paschim Lehar (XPL-2022) Exercise

Paschim Lehar- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 3: Security- Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

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Paschim Lehar- Context

  • Recently, a joint maritime exercise Paschim Lehar (XPL-2022) was conducted by the Indian Navy off the West Coast, Arabian Sea.
  • A variety of weapon firings in a realistic tactical scenario, besides validation of operational missions and tasks under varying settings, were undertaken during the Paschim Lehar exercise.


Paschim Lehar- Key Points

  • Background: Last Paschim Lahar (Western Wave) Exercise was conducted by the Indian Navy in 2018.
    • Units from Eastern Naval Command, Indian Army, Indian Air Force and the Coast Guard were also participated to build interoperability.
  • About: Paschim Lehar is a tri-service joint maritime exercise conducted by the Indian Navy and with the other two forces (Indian Airforce and Indian Army) and the Coast Guard.
    • Paschim Lehar exercise 2022 was conducted under the aegis of FOC-in-C, Western Naval Command.
  • Objective: Paschim Lehar exercise aimed to validate operational plans of the Western Naval Command and enhance Inter-Service synergy among the Indian Navy, IAF, Indian Army and Coast Guard.
  • Participation: Paschim Lehar Exercise 2022 saw the participation of-
    • Indian Airforce: SU 30 MKI & Jaguar maritime strike aircraft, Flight Refueling Aircraft and AWACs.
    • Indian Navy: Maritime reconnaissance aircraft P8i, Dorniers, IL 38 SD, unmanned aerial systems and MiG 29K strike aircraft.
    • Indian Army: Air Defence batteries among other things.
    • Indian Coast Guard: OPVs, FPVs and Air Cushion Vessels.
  • Significance: Paschim Lehar exercise provided all participating forces an opportunity to operate together under realistic conditions, in responding to contemporary maritime challenges, across the areas of the Command’s responsibility.



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