Indo-US joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ commences in Jaipur

The 12-day long joint military exercise between India and the United States are known as ‘Vajra Prahar’ commenced in Jaipur on Monday.

A contingent of the United States Pacific Commander arrived at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges on November 18 for undertaking Joint training with the Indian Special Forces.

The US contingent comprises of one officer and 10 other ranks from the Special Forces Group, informed Rajasthan Defence PRO Lt Col Sombhit Ghosh.

The United States Special Forces will carry out rigorous joint training in semi-desert and rural terrain to enhance the interoperability of the two armed forces and further the military to military co-operation.

The contingents will train on different aspects including hostage rescue, building intervention, desert survival, medical aid, and combat firing.

Lastly, the Special Forces will undertake a three-day outdoor exercise to validate their practices.

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Exercise Indra 2018: India-Russia to ramp up military ties

To further ramp up military ties, India and Russia will hold joint military exercises in Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh from Nov 18.

Exercise INDRA is being conducted since last nine years as a single service exercise alternately between the two countries. Since its inception in 2003, the INDRA military exercise between the two countries has alternatively involved ground and naval forces from both sides.

Before the India-Russia annual summit in October, the preparations for the joint Russian-Indian exercise, Indra-2018, had taken place in India when it was decided to have the training to have the exercise at a training ground near the town of Babina in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Both countries have been long-standing defense partners and are now seeking ways of further deepening the ties and have decided to “upgrade and intensify”defense cooperation through joint manufacture, co-production, and co-development of key military hardware and equipment.

The two countries will also be having a meeting of the Indian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission on Military-Technical cooperation in Dec this year.

In July this year, Ex Peace Mission 2018, the joint military exercise of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), took place in Russia with participation from eight member countries undertaking joint training on combating terrorism. Countries including India, China, Kazakhstan, and Russia had showcased their armored and mechanized forces.

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India-Japan military exercise Dharma Guardian-2018 begins in Mizoram

Armies of India and Japan began their first-ever joint military exercise at a jungle warfare school in Mizoram’s Vairengte with a focus on strengthening counter-terror cooperation.

The focus of the two-week-long exercise ‘Dharma Guardian-2018″ will be to enhance tactical skills against global terrorism and increase interoperability between the two forces.

The Japanese contingent is represented by 32nd Infantry Battalion, while the Indian side by 6/1 Gorkha Rifles.

The exercise will comprise a balance of indoor classes and outdoor training activities.

Both the armies will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well developed tactical drills for neutralisation of likely threats that may be encountered in urban warfare scenario, it said, adding that the exercise will contribute immensely in developing mutual understanding and respect for each other’s military.

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Special Forces in India-U.S. exercise

The first India-U.S. tri-services exercise is likely to take place in 2019, and talks are on to include the special forces of the two countries in the drill, a senior U.S. defense official has said.

The three forces of each country already take part in bilateral exercises separately — their Armies participate in an annual drill called Yudh Abyaas, whose latest edition took place in September, and the Air Forces take part in a bilateral drill called Cope India.

The Navies participate in an exercise in Malabar, involving Japan.

But this will be the first time, the three services of India and the U.S. will participate in a drill together.

The drill will focus on a United Nations-based scenario and the overarching mission of humanitarian assistance, disaster relief measure, the U.S. Brigadier-General said.

Though the joint tri-services drill was formally announced after the first 2+2 dialogue between the principals of the External Affairs and Defence Ministries of the two countries last month, work on it had begun much before.

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