India & United States-Joint Military Exercise ‘Yudh Abhyas’ Eliminates Terrorism from Forests
Indian and US Hold Anti-terror Joint Military Exercise named Yudh Abhyas near Chinese Border in Uttrakhand. The Primary focus of the exercise will be counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations in mountainous terrain.
The Indian and United States Armies held bilateral exercise in the Chaubatia foothills in India’s State of Uttarakhand near Sino-Indian border on September 15.
The exercise will conclude on September 27.It is one of the longest running joint military drilles between the US and India.The event is hosted alternately by the two countries.
The exercise will take place in a heavily forested area at altitudes of up to 8,000 feet (2,430 meters) just over 100 kilometers away from the Sino-Indian border.
The U.S. Army is participating with a company of 225 men of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 7th U.S. Infantry Division. The Indian Army will be present with an equal number of soldiers from the 14th Battalion of the Garhwal Rifles and the 12th Battalion of the Madras Regiment.
The primary focus is on counterinsurgency and counterterrories operation in mountainous terrain.State of the art equipment for surveillance and tracking, specialist weapons for Close Quarter Battle with terrorists, explosive and lED detectors, as well as the latest communication equipment are being fielded by both sides. A number of Indian Army helicopters will also participate and transport troops into a notional hostile territory
Both sides will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well developed tactical drills for neutralisation of likely threats that may be encountered in UN peacekeeping operations. The experts from both sides will also hold discussions to share each others’ experiences in varied topics of mutual interest.