Military Exercise Current Affairs - 2020

Ajeya Warrior: India-UK to hold joint military exercise

India-UK hold joint exercise called Ajeya Warrior on February 13, 2020. The exercise is being held from 2005.

Highlights

Around 120 soldiers are to participate in the exercise. This is the fifth edition of the exercise. The countries will hold the exercise in Salisbury Plains.

Salisbury Plains

The Salisbury plains are located in Chalk Plateau. The plains are famous for archaeological monument Stonehenge.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge in England was built in Neolithic and Bronze age between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. It is one of the World Heritage Site of UNESCO. Archaeologists believe that Stonehenge would have been a burial ground. Deposits of human bones were found in the site that were dated to 3000 BC.

Other Exercises

India and UK hold joint naval exercises called Konkan exercise from 2004. The countries also hold Indra Dhanush Exercise since 2006. Indra Dhanush is a joint air-to-air exercise.

India-UK Defence Ties

The Defence ties between India and UK is limited. India has acquired 123 Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft from UK.

SAMPRITI-IX: India-Bangladesh Joint Military Exercise to be held in Meghalaya

A Joint Military Exercise between India and Bangladesh is to be held at Umroi, Meghalaya between 3rd February, 2020 and 16th February, 2020. The exercise is called “SAMPRITI”

Highlights

During the joint exercise, Command Post Exercise and Field Training Exercise is to be conducted according to United Nations Charter. The troops of both the armies will also practice Counter Terrorist operation.

India-Bangladesh Defence Cooperation

In 2017, India and Bangladesh signed defence agreements in order to conduct military exercises. India since then has been assisting Bangladesh in training their officers.

In October 2019, the countries signed MoU on coastal surveillance system. The MoU also included a Standard Operating Procedure for operating the ports of Chattogram and Mongola. Apart from this, it allowed India to use 1.82 cusec of water from Feni river of Bangladesh.

Other Exercises

The first ever India-Bangladesh Naval exercise was conducted in Vishakhaptnam in October 2019. The Bangladesh Naval Ships also participated in CORPAT before arriving to Vizag for the joint Naval Exercise.

CORPAT is Coordinated Patrol. This will help both the countries to replenish security in the Bay of Bengal Region and also in the Indian Ocean Region.