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RSTV- In Depth – Yudh Abhyas 2019 | India-US Joint Military Exercise


RSTV- In Depth – Yudh Abhyas 2019 | India-US Joint Military Exercise


Introduction:

            The latest joint military exercise between India and the US began on September 5 and concluded on 18th September in Washington. This exercise is an important part of the ongoing defence co-operation between the two nations. Named Yudh Abhyas, the exercise is one of the largest joint-running military training and defence co-operation endeavours between India and the US. Indian and US Army soldiers were trained jointly on the howitzers and Chinook helicopters during their Yudh Abhyas 2019 exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The aim of this exercise is to enhance inter-operability between armies with the focus on enhancing counter-terror cooperation. The Yudh Abhyas series was started in 2002 at Agra in India and since then 15 editions have been held annually and alternately between India and US.

 

Yudh Abhyas:

  • A joint military training, Exercise Yudh Abhyas – 2019 was conducted at Joint Base Lewis Mc Chord, Washington DC, from September 5-18 as part of the ongoing Indo-US defence cooperation.
  • Yudh Abhyas is one of the largest running joint military training and defence corporation endeavours between India and the US.
  • This is the 15th edition of the joint exercise hosted alternately between the two countries.
  • Exercise Yudh Abhyas provides an opportunity to the armed forces of both countries to train in an integrated manner at Battalion level with joint planning at Brigade level.
  • During the exercise, multiple scenarios are rehearsed with a view to understand each other’s organisational structure and battle procedures which would result in a higher degree of ‘jointmanship’ that would further facilitate interoperability between the armed forces of the two nations to meet any unforeseen contingency across the globe.
  • Both armies are jointly training, planning and executing a series of well-developed operations for neutralisation of threats of varied nature.
  • One of the largest joint-running military training and defence co-operation endeavours between India and the US.
  • Hosted alternately between the two countries.
  • Both armies are jointly training, planning and executing a series of well-developed operations for neutralisation of threats of varied nature.
  • Apart from this, academic and military discussions will be organized by experts from both sides to share each other’s experiences on varied topics for mutual benefit.
  • The rousing strains of ‘Jana Gana Mana’, the Indian National Anthem was played out by an American Army band during the joint Indo-US military exercise in Washington
  • In the end, a joint exercise will be undertaken by both countries in an operational setting under a UN mandate. Experts from both sides will hold academic and military discussions to share each other’s experiences on varied topics for mutual benefit.

 

Benefits:

  • This joint military exercise between India and USA will offer a prospect to the armed forces of both countries to train in an integrated manner at Battalion level with joint planning at Brigade level.
  • The joint military exercise will provide multiple scenarios with a view to understand each other’s organisational structure and battle procedures. 
  • According to the official curtain-raiser of the Government of India, the exercise will result in a higher degree of collaboration that can further facilitate interoperability between the armed forces of both countries to meet any unforeseen contingency across the globe.
  • Yudh Abhyas 2019 is also significant because it provides an ideal platform to learn from each other’s expertise and experiences of planning and execution of operations.

 

Joint Military Exercise:

India & UK

  • 2005: Emerald Mercury
  • Exercises conducted in 2007 and 2008
  • 2011: Ajeya Warrior IV
  • 2013: Ajeya Warrior V
  • 2017: Ajeya Warrior VII

India & Russia

  • INDRA: Bi-annual military exercise started in 2003
  • To boost cooperation between Russian and Indian navies
  • 2017: First Tri exercise between Indian and Russia
  • INDRA- 2017 involved exercises with army, navy and air force
  • INDRA- 2019: Slated for December 2019
  • INDRA- 2019: Eight tactical episodes involving armed forces

India & France

  • Joint exercise with armies called ‘Shakti’
  • Garuda: Indo- France joint exercise involving air force.

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