New Delhi: The 16th edition of an annual bilateral joint exercise between the Indian Army and the US Army will be held at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges (MFFR) in Rajasthan from February 8 to February 21.
The SouthWestern Command of the Indian Army on Wednesday (February 3, 2021) tweeted the announcement and stated that the main focus under the exercise remains counter-terrorism operations under the UN mandate and to enhance cooperation, interoperability between the two armies.
16th edition, annual bilateral joint exercise #IndianArmy & @USArmy will be held at MahajanFieldFiringRanges(#MFFR), 8-21Feb; focus counter terrorism ops under #UN mandate; enhancing cooperation & interoperability between two armies.@adgpi @1SBCT_Ghost @INDOPACOM pic.twitter.com/zfyUY3uKCh
— SouthWesternCommand_IA (@SWComd_IA) February 3, 2021
The joint exercise involves approximately 250 US and 250 Indian soldiers training together, which results in cultural exchange, fostering enduring partnership in the Indo-Pacific region through common defence objectives.
Yudh Abhyas provides excellent opportunities for professional and cultural exchanges that strengthen the partnership through shared learning and training. Training commences with expert academic exchanges and professional development workshops that focus on training at the corps-level and below; combat against conventional, unconventional and hybrid threats; humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
The command post exercise (CPX) which is to run simultaneously with field training exercise (FTX) will focus on U.N. peacekeeping operation staff tasks in a combined military setting. FTX will involve company-strength elements from each nation exercising combined, fundamental war-fighting skills to enhance combined operational capacity.