The Indian Army will conduct a joint training exercise dubbed ‘Shoorveer’ with the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Bikaner, Rajasthan from March 2012 in a bid to test the existing protocols for conducting joint operations.

The army’s Jaipur-based South Western Command’s elite 1 Strike Corps and 10 Corps will participate in the two-month long exercise alongside the Western and South Western Commands of the IAF.

Indian Army spokesperson colonel Jagdeep Dahiya said that all formations and units under the South Western Command will participate to validate doctrines in a joint service environment.

More than 200 tanks and over 20,000 troops will be deployed for the war games, while the air force will deployits frontline aircraft including the Su-30MKI, Mirage 2000, Jaguars AWACs aircraft to test the level of training.

"The joint synergy will be enhanced by the active participation of the IAF with the air assets of the Army and the Air Force being employed in an integrated manner," Dahiya added.

Based on the Integrated Theatre Battle Concept, the exercise will enable the army to validate its war fighting concepts while working towards a ‘capability based approach’ relying on a series of transformational initiatives, concepts, organisational structures and absorption of new age technology.

"Battlefield transparency and the operational plans based on real-time situational awareness will be enhanced using intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) inputs from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), radars and satellites during the exercise," Dahiya said.

The troop and equipment mobilisation for the exercise has already commenced and will be followed by training at unit and formation level and will finally culminate into large scale manoeuvres.

The drill follows the army’s Sudarshan Shakti exercise that was held in November 2011 to validate its new battle-fighting concepts developed after the transformation studies.