India-US join ‘Yudh Abhyas’ military exercise

19 November, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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India and United States participated in the 18th iteration of Yudh Abhyas, a joint military training exercise at Auli in Uttarakhand on Friday.

India and United States participated in the 18th iteration of Yudh Abhyas, a joint military training exercise at Auli in Uttarakhand on Friday.

According to the Indian Army’s Additional Directorate General of Public Information, US Army and Indian Army will collaborate on Yudh Abhyas 2022. As per army, collaborative training focuses on using an Infantry Battalion Group for Peacekeeping and Disaster Relief under United Nations authority.

Indian Army’s ADG PI stated that “By supporting one another, it will be easier for both nations to interact with China. The 15-day drill would emphasise fighting in high altitude, extremely cold climates.”

India and the USA undertake exercise Yudh Abhyas with the goal of exchanging best practises, tactics, techniques, and procedures between their armed forces. According to a statement from Ministry of Defence, exercise’s last iteration was held in October 2021 at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Alaska (USA).

Participants in the drill included members of the Indian Army’s Assam Regiment and US Army’s 2nd Brigade of 11th Airborne Division. The emphasis of training programme is utilisation of an integrated fighting group in accordance with Chapter VII of the UN Mandate. All activities pertaining to maintaining and enforcing peace are included in programme. The militaries of the two countries are cooperating to accomplish shared goals.

Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations are a major emphasis of the combined exercise. According to the statement, both countries’ troops will train to initiate quick and coordinated rescue efforts following any natural disaster.