With around 450 soldiers, the Indian Army and the United States army participated in a joint military exercise in Uttarakhand in a bid to share ‘experiences and techniques’.
The soldiers were part of classroom sessions where they were learning defence skills. Other joint exercises included rappelling, aiming at targets at the reflex shooting range and participating in jungle lane shooting, apart from sharing technical information about the weaponry used by both armies.
This is the 12 edition of Indo-US joint military exercise that was first held in 2004. A similar exercise was held at Chaubatia in 2014. Last year, the joint military drill was organised at Joint Base Lewis McChord in the US.
According to officials, the exercise curriculum is planned and soldiers from both nations are initially made to get familiar with each other’s organisational structure, weapons, equipment 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,” according to an official statement.
India held a trilateral naval exercise was with US and Japan close to the South China Sea in June.