Indian and Bangladeshi armies have started the eighth annual Sampriti joint military exercise at the Bongobondhu Cantonment, Tangail, Bangladesh.
The exercise began on 2 March and is scheduled to conclude on 15 March.
The opening ceremony was conducted on 3 March and saw 36 East Bengal Battalion representing Bangladesh and 9th Battalion the Rajputana Rifles from the Indian Army.
Sampriti-2019 is being conducted as a part of the ongoing India-Bangladesh defence cooperation.
In a statement, the Indian Ministry of Defence said: “A company group from Bangladesh Army and an equal number from Indian Army are taking part in the two-week long exercise that will see them hone their tactical and technical skills in countering insurgency, counter-terrorism and aid to civil authorities for disaster management in a UN peacekeeping scenario involving a combined deployment at a battalion level.”
The objective of the two-week exercise is to increase mutual cooperation between the armies through interoperability, in addition to honing tactical and technical skills during joint strategic exercises.
These skills will help the armies to counter terrorism and insurgency, as well as provide aid to civil authorities in the event of a disaster or neutralise threats encountered during UN peacekeeping operations.
In 2009, the event initially commenced as a platoon level exercise and it gradually progressed to a company level exercise from 2015.
The armies conducted the seventh annual Sampriti exercise in 2017 at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte in Mizoram, India.