Indian Army holds annual ‘Exercise Topchi’
Indian Army on 12th February 2019 showcased its artillery firepower by using ultra light Howitzers and indigenous Swathi weapon-locating radar at the annual “Exercise Topchi”. The exercise was held at Deolali Camp near Nashik. The aviation and surveillance capabilities were also showcased.
About the Exercise Topchi 2019
There were a showcase of display of rockets, missiles, surveillance and target acquisition radars, remotely piloted aircraft and hi-tech equipments in addition to gun fire. The precision displayed while delivering the explosives in the target area stunned all those present. The ones who were present included Lt Gen YVK Mohan, Commandant of Defence Service Staff College (DSSC), Wellington; Lt Gen R S Salaria, Commandant, School of Artillery and Colonel Commandant Regiment of Artillery and other Army officials.
What is the Ultra Light Howitzer M777?
It is a towed 155 mm artillery piece that is used by the ground forces of Australia, Canada, India and Saudi Arabia. It is manufactured by BAE Systems’ Global Combat Systems division (London, England). It was inducted in the Indian Army on November 9, 2018.
What is the Swathi Weapon Locating Radar?
Swathi Weapon Locating Radar is a mobile artillery locating phased array radar developed by India. It is a counter-battery radar designed to detect and track incoming artillery and rocket fire to determine the point of origin for Counter-battery fire. It has been developed by DRDO’s Bangalore based laboratory, LRDE and the Government owned Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL)
What is the Deolali Camp?
Deolali is a small hill-station in the Nashik district of Maharashtra. It has one of the oldest military centres in India. It was established in 1869 and is situated on the banks of the River Darna. The prestigious School of Artillery is located in Deolali.