Integrated Battle Groups Current Affairs - 2019

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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.

HimVijay exercise: to be organised by IAF on Chinese border in October

The exercise codenamed as ‘HimVijay’ is scheduled to be carried out by Indian Armed Forces in October 2019 in Arunachal Pradesh, close to borders with China. In these upcoming war games, the Indian Armed Forces plan to deploy their latest American weapons systems such as M777 ultra-light howitzers and Chinook heavy-lift helicopters.

About HimVijay exercise

HimVijay exercise is planned by India at over 10,000 feet in the northeast (in Arunachal Pradesh). It will be held a little further from Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.

Participants:

This exercise assumes greater significance as Indian Army will for the 1st time see in action its Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs)– the brainchild of Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat. Also, three mountain IBGs carved out of Panagarh-based 17 Corps’ (Mountain Strike Corps) 59 Mountain Division will be in action. IBGs are touted to be mainstay of future operational strategies in Western, Northern and Eastern theatres.

The exercise will mainly test war fighting abilities of newly-raised 17 Mountain Strike Corps and the 17 MSC has been provided with M777 Ultra-Light Howitzers as they would be in an attack mode against the ‘enemy’ locations and would require lighter guns.

Exercise will also involve Indian Air Force (IAF) which would provide aerial elements for real war-type drills.

Operation ‘will see the participation of more than 15,000 personnel, with each IBG consisting of nearly 5,000 troops backed by a combination of tanks, medium artillery, helicopters and transport aircraft. Exercise will see in action C130J Super Hercules, AN32s and the C17s besides helicopters from both Army Aviation and IAF.