January 30, 2012

Army to hold 20 war games with friendly nations

New Delhi: In its bid to have greater engagement with foreign militaries, Indian Army will this year hold between 15 to 20 bilateral war games with friendly nations like the US, Russia, France and Britain, apart from neighbours Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal, officers said on Sunday.
The exercises, mostly focusing on counter-insurgency and anti-terrorism manoeuvres, will help in honing the skills of Indian and other friendly troops in different scenarios, and improve their interoperability, as required under United Nation's multinational joint military efforts for world peace.
Among the first exercises this year will be with Singapore at Babina in Uttar Pradesh, close to Jhansi, this March, officers said.
During the India-Singapore exercise, both sides will pit their mechanised forces and tanks in battle with terrorists in an urban scenario. The exercise is likely to be called "Bold Kurukshetra", officers said.
"Indian Army's counter-insurgency skills are much sought after by global powers due to the five-decade experience that we have gained in the northeastern states and Jammu and Kashmir," the officers said.
With the US, the Indian Army's mechanised infantry forces will hold an exercise, "Yudh Abhyas", in Rajasthan this year, when they will both field their tanks and armoured personnel carrier.
Most other exercises are still in the works and the venues and dates will be finalised soon, officers said. The other nations to join the exercises this year will be Mongolia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Australia, and Central Asian nations.
In 2011 too, India had held 16 military exercises with other friendly nations such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Mongolia.
In October 2011, India held its first ever army exercise with French Army called "Shakti-2011" at Chaubatia in Uttarakhand.

- IBN Live

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