Indian and US armies begin Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018

18 September 2018 (Last Updated September 18th, 2018 11:29)

The Indian and US armies have commenced the joint military exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018 at Chaubattia in the India state of Uttarakhand.

Indian and US armies begin Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018
Opening of Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018. Credit: Press Information Bureau / Government of India / Ministry of Defence.

The Indian and US armies have commenced the joint military exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018 at Chaubattia in the India state of Uttarakhand.

The bilateral exercise has been designed to enable an exchange of knowledge between the two militaries using a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping scenario.

The US troops participating in Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018 include the 1st Infantry Battalion, 23 Infantry Regiment, US Army, and the Indian contingent is represented by an infantry battalion.

During the two-week long exercise, the army personnel from the two nations will improve their tactical and technical skills in countering insurgency and terrorism in a UN peacekeeping environment involving a combined deployment at a brigade level.

“The bilateral exercise has been designed to enable an exchange of knowledge between the two militaries using a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping scenario.”

Both the armies will deploy their latest and advanced equipment for surveillance and tracking, specialist weapons for close quarter battle with terrorists, explosive and improvised explosive device detectors, and the latest communication equipment during the event.

In addition, the soldiers will work together to train, plan and carry out a series of tactical drills for neutralisation of likely threats that may be encountered in UN peace keeping operations during division level command post exercise.

Since 2004, Exercise Yudh Abhyas has promoted cooperation between the two countries while sharing training, cultural exchanges and building joint operating skills.

Last year, Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2017 was conducted at Joint Base Lewis McChord air base in Washington, US.