Military Exercises Current Affairs - 2020
The 5th edition of the Exercise Indra Dhanush commenced on 24th February, 2020. It is a joint air force exercise between the Indian Air Force and the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom.
The Exercise focused on “Base Defence and Force Protection”. Around 36 specialized combatants of the Royal Air Force participated in the exercise. From the Indian side, 42 combatants of Garud Commando Force participated in the exercise.
The Exercise was held in Hindon Air Force Station
Hindon Air Force Station
The Hindon Air Force Station operates under Western Air Command. It is the eighth largest air base in the world and the largest air base in Asia. It is located in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.
Garud Commando Force
The Garud Commando Force was formed in September 2004. The force is mainly tasked with the protection of air bases and installations, disaster relief, search and rescue operations during hostilities. They are currently deployed in Congo to fulfill United Nations Peace keeping operations.
Tags: Air Exercises • Garud commandos • India-United Kingdom • Indian Air Foce • Military Exercises
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.
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.
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.
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
Tags: Arunachal Pradesh • Him Vijay • India-China Border • Indian Air Force • Indian Army