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By GAVIN RABINOWITZ, Associated Press Writer
Thu Sep 6, 5:58 AM ET
NEW DELHI - Indian and U.S. aircraft carriers plow through the Bay of Bengal launching fighter jets into the air. American submarines cruise below Japanese, Australian and Singaporean warships.
Military analysts note the Malabar exercise, in which 20,000 uniformed personnel are taking part, contains scenarios for air combat, interception of planes attacking from on shore and air defense of warships. "Maneuvers of this size make it seem rather unlikely that it's just about piracy or proliferation or humanitarian issues," said Peter Brookes, who is at the Heritage Foundation in Washington and a former deputy assistant secretary of defense. The exercise comes at a time when some of the top military brass in the United States, Japan and India have expressed concern about China's recent war games, its rapid military buildup and lack of transparency about military spending.