Maitree 2018: India, Thailand joint military exercise held in Thailand
Joint military exercise Maitree 2018 between Indian Army and Royal Thai Army was conducted in Thailand from 6 to 19 August 2018. It contributed immensely in developing mutual understanding and bonhomie between armies of both countries in order to counter terrorism.
Exercise Maitree 2018
Maitree 2018 was platoon level exercise that comprises of infantry component. Its opening ceremony was started with familiarization of organisation and display of weapons and equipment of both armies. It mainly emphasized to hone tactical and technical skills in joint counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations in rural and urban scenario under United Nations (UN) mandate.
The exercise laid due emphasis on increasing interoperability between forces from both countries which is considered crucial for success of any joint operation. Both armies also jointly trained, planned and executed series of well-developed tactical drills for neutralization of likely threats that may be encountered in urban warfare scenario. Besides, experts from both sides also held detailed discussions to share their experience on varied topics for mutual benefit.