As part of the ongoing Indo-US defence cooperation, a
joint military training Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018 is scheduled to be conducted
in the foothills of Himalayas at Chaubattia in Uttarakhand from 16 September to
29 September 2018 says a release.
This will be the 14th edition of the
joint military exercise hosted alternately by both countries.
The joint exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018 will simulate a scenario where both nations
will work together in counter insurgency and counter terrorism environment in
mountainous terrain under United Nation charter.
The two week
exercise will witness participation of about 350 personnel of the US Army and
similar strength of the Indian Army. The exercise curriculum is progressively
planned where the participants are initially made to get familiar with each
otherís organizational structure, weapons, equipment, confidence training and
tactical drills. Subsequently, the training advances to joint tactical
exercises wherein the battle drills of both the armies are coherently unleashed.
The training will culminate with a final validation exercise in which troops of
both countries will jointly carry out an operation against terrorists in a
fictitious but realistic setting.
Over the years the two countries have decided to progressively increase the
scope and content of this joint exercise. Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018 will
witness a Division Headquarter based Command Post Exercise, an Infantry
Battalion carrying out Field Training Exercise and discussions on issues of
mutual interest by experts of both countries.
The exercise is a great step for the armies of the two democratic
countries to train together and gain together from each otherís rich
operational experiences. The latest exercise will help further build
interoperability between the forces of both the nations.