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Vajra Corps exercise Ashwamedh begins

punjab Updated: May 27, 2012 18:48 IST

The Vajra Corps is carrying out its annual training exercise 'ASHWAMEDH' under the aegis of the Vajra Corps that began today in the hinterland of Punjab.

Over 200 tanks, infantry combat vehicles and 12,000 men shook the ground as they carried out varied manoeuvres throughout the day and night in relentless pursuit of their challenging objectives.

Exercise ASHWAMEDH is a routine but major military exercise is being undertaken by the Vajra Corps. Swift mobilisation of units and formations to occupy defences, as also offensive manoeuvres are being practiced.

The exercise is aimed to demonstrate integration of armoured, artillery, air defence, surveillance and specialised engineer equipment, together with air force operations.

It involves Vajra Warriors and high technology equipment, operating at the next level of battle technology. The technology is exploiting a networked environment, backed by real time intelligence from unarmed aerial vehicles, geostationary satellites, ground based sensors and human intelligence. These inputs are being beamed across networks, which assist all field commanders in transparency, quick decision-making and swift execution of operations.

During the exercise, breath-taking action of special forces were witnessed. Challenging fording and floatation operations, wherein tanks and mechanised infantry vehicles crossed the Sutlej river, were very impressive.

The GOC witnessed various manoeuvres and expressed his satisfaction. Strengthening the soldier-farmer and ex-servicemen bond, various welfare events and interactions with youth and civil administration were carried out prior to commencement of the exercise.