The 2019 edition of 'Yudh Abhyas', the annual joint exercise between the Indian Army and the US Army, has enabled both sets of soldiers to pick up new lessons and techniques from each other.
Washington, Sep 17: The 2019 edition of 'Yudh Abhyas', the annual joint exercise between the Indian Army and the US Army, has enabled both sets of soldiers to pick up new lessons and techniques from each other.
The Indian soldiers got an opportunity to train with the latest weapons being used by their American counterparts. On the other hand, the US Army picked up valuable counter-insurgency techniques from the Indian Army, which has vast experience and knowledge in this subject.
Already past its halfway point, this year's event has seen soldiers and officers from both armies conduct joint air assault training in a civil area within a counter-terrorism environment.
In such operations, situational awareness is always a challenge. Battle drills and procedures have been well-evolved for necessary cooperation and meeting these challenges.
Apart from this, various forms of mock-up drills, interoperability of contingents and synergistic application have also been undertaken.
House interventions, a crucial component of counter-insurgency operations, have also been practiced by the participating units of both armies.
Currently, a capsule on unarmed combat is underway.
Such activities and training are important in counter-terrorism operations and interventions.
The Indian contingent also practiced firing with the M4 carbine which is used by the US army. A shorter and lighter variant of the M16A2 assault rifle, the M4 carbine is widely used by the US armed forces.
"For my men it's a new experience. Our mandate has been given to us - to gain the synergy, to learn from this exercise. We are reaching that objective," an Indian Army major was quoted as saying by a statement released by the United States Army.
An annual event, 'Yudh Abhyas' is hosted in alternate years by India and the United States. Last year's edition was hosted by the Indian Army at the Chaubattia Military Station in Uttarakhand, at the foothills of the Himalayas.
"The big thing we wanted to see, and what they wanted to see was interoperability. We ran M4 and grenade launcher qualification ranges. We trained multiple days in Leschi Town. We've conducted troop leading procedures with them. As far as the FTX side we pretty much met our objective. We shared with them our capabilities and they were able to demonstrate their capabilities." Captain Joseph Valenzuela, Commander Alpha Company, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment was quoted as saying.
According to the top brass of both armies, 'Yudh Abhyas' helps to develop mutual understanding and creates a culture of inter-operability.
“Exercise Yudh Abhyas will provide an opportunity to the armed forces of both countries to train in an integrated manner at Battalion level with joint planning at Brigade level,” an Indian Army press statement said.
“Both armies will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well developed operations for neutralization of threats of varied nature. ln the end a joint exercise will be undertaken by both countries in an operational setting under a UN mandate,” it added.
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