A joint military training exercise Maitree 2017 between Indian Army and Royal Thailand Army commenced at Bakloh in Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh.
The aim of 14 day long exercise is to build and promote closer relations while exchanging skills and experiences between the two armies.
The Maitree series of bilateral exercises has been one of the major defence cooperation initiatives between India and Thailand. It is an annual event. The previous edition of the exercise was held at Krabi in Thailand in 2016.
Exercise Maitree 2017 is a continuation of a series of joint exercises between the Indian Army and the Royal Thailand Army. It will be conducted in a manner such that both contingents will get to acquaint with each other`s operating procedures in the backdrop of counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism environment.
Approximately 50 troops from Royal Thailand Army and an equal number of Indian soldiers from the Northern Command are participating in the exercise. They will jointly plan and execute a series of drills for the neutralisation of likely threats that may be encountered in counter terrorism environment.
Earlier, a joint training exercise between the Indian Army and the Royal Army of Oman, named Al Nagah-II 2017, was held at Bakloh in March 2017.