Integrated Battle Groups Current Affairs - 2020

Winged Raider: Indian Army’s largest airborne exercise-500 troops participate

The Indian Army recently conducted the largest air borne exercise called the Winged Raider. Around 500 troops participated in the exercise. The exercise was conducted in the north-eastern theatre.

Highlights

The exercise was conducted to demonstrate the operational readiness of the paratroopers and air warriors. The C-130 Hercules, Dhruv Helicopters and C-17 globe master transport aircraft participated in the exercise.

The exercise was telecasted live. It focused on encountering China in the border region. The exercise also included capacity building programmes and habitats. It also focused on moving certain advanced weapon system to the eastern side.

Significance

The Army is preparing itself to act against threats posed by China. Indian Army is also developing infrastructure in the Eastern borders. These exercises help to self-assess the readiness of the troops. The exercise will also help army to rebalance its western and northern fronts.

Him Vijay

Similar exercise called Him Vijay was conducted in Arunachal Pradesh in October 2019. It was a mountain combat exercise. The exercise tested the Integrated Battle Groups (IBG) in Indian army. The IBG consists of tanks, infantry, air defence, logistics and signals. The IBG is a restructure combat tactics of Indian Army. This helps to meet emerging threats in the Eastern borders.

The exercise also helped the Indian Army to learn lessons. According to the feedback of Him Vijay exercise, communication skills of the army should be developed

Sindhu Sudarshan: Indian Army’s exercise in deserts of Rajasthan

Indian Army to conduct exercise codenamed as ‘Sindhu Sudarshan’ in the deserts of Rajasthan from 29 November to 4 December 2019. More than 40,000 troops will be participating in an all-arms battle array of Divisions and Brigades carrying out offensive operations in deserts. The exercise will showcase a high degree of synergy between the Indian Army and Indian Air Force.

About Exercise ‘Sindhu Sudarshan’

The Exercise underscores Indian Army’s resolve to implement integrated launch of Strike Corps in developed and desert terrain in unison with its clear pro-active strategy using Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs) along the Western Front. The IBGs are the new formations being raised by force for warfighting in future.

The military exercise will witness Indian Army assessing operational efficiency of Strike Corps to fight in desert terrain as well as Indian Air Force (IAF) to provide intimate support in terms of destruction of targets and airlifting troops. It will be conducted to evaluate defence services capabilities to strike deep into enemy territory in an integrated air-land battle.

This will also provide unique opportunity to employ entire mechanised formations consisting of Tanks and Infantry Combat Vehicles (ICV) in order to evaluate capability to strike deep along Western Borders.

The exercise is unique in scope as well as scale. It will simulate battlefield conditions and will focus on fine-tuning destruction and/or surveillance mechanisms to support precision strikes as well as manoeuvres by network-enabled forces.