Yudh Abhyas: Indo-US Joint military drill begins in Rajasthan near Indo-Pak border.

According to defense sources, On 8th Feb 2021, the Indo-US joint military exercise 'Yudh Abhyas' has begun at the Mahajan field firing range in Rajasthan near the Indo-Pak border. A day before, the US military contingent had arrived in Rajasthan & was tested for COVID-19.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Feb 08, 2021 13:53 IST
Yudh Abhyas: Indo-US Joint military drill begins in Rajasthan near Indo-Pak border.
'Yudh Abhyas'

Yesterday a Contingent of US troops had arrived in Rajasthan to conduct a Joint Military exercise 'Yudh Abhyas' with the Indian Army. The exercise has begun today at Mahajan field firing range in Rajasthan near the Indo-Pak border. Troops from the Indian and the US armies will carry out combat drills in a combined operational environment and exchange expertise on conventional, unconventional, and hybrid threats at a two-week exercise. 

The 'Yudh Abhyas' is taking place at a time when both the countries have renewed their resolve to further expand strategic and defense cooperation to effectively deal with common challenges including China's aggressive military posturing in the Indo-Pacific region. The US Embassy said around 250 soldiers from each side will participate in the exercise from February 8 - 21 at Mahajan field firing range in Rajasthan.

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"This annual training exercise enhances combined inter-operability capabilities through training and cultural exchange, which foster enduring partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region through common defense objectives," the embassy said in a statement.

The US embassy said a field training exercise will involve company-strength elements from each nation exercising combined, fundamental war-fighting skills to enhance combined operational capacity. The drill comes nearly two-and-a-half months after India carried out the Malabar naval exercise with the US, Japan, and Australia, which are the member nations of the Quad or Quadrilateral coalition.

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The US embassy said the Yudh Abhyas exercise provides excellent opportunities for professional and cultural exchanges that strengthen the partnership between the two armies through shared learning and training.

"Training commences with expert academic exchanges and professional development workshops that focus on training at the corps-level and below; combat against conventional, unconventional and hybrid threats; humanitarian assistance and disaster relief," it said adding that a ''command post exercise'' will focus on UN peacekeeping operation tasks in a combined military setting.

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