Indian Army's Western Command is conducting a major exercise in the plains of Punjab during the month of May 2012 as a part of its operational preparedness.
The battle manoeuvres being undertaken aim at validating Army's fighting concepts and absorbing new technologies, an army release stated here today adding that this exercise is part of Army's systems approach to training which aims at transforming it into a modern, lean, agile and a well equipped force, capable of accomplishing assigned tasks thus showcasing its rapid response capability.
The exercise will enter its peak phase in mid May, 2012 when the elements of the Western Command will carry out the final phase of manoeuvres.
This will encompass all the fighting arms of the Indian Army including approx 20,000 soldiers, tanks, mechanised vehicles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Attack Helicopters and front line Fighter Aircraft of the Indian Air Force, release stated.
During the exercise, units and formations will practice infusion of latest technology within the Army, thereby gearing it for "network-centric operations".
The exercise will encompass extensive use of satellite imagery, air borne surveillance and a wide array of land and air based radars to "achieve battle field transparency".
This will provide real time information of the battle front to the field commanders which will help in decision making during conflict.