Military Exercises Current Affairs - 2020

VINBAX: Indian, Vietnam hold first military exercise in Jabalpur

The India-Vietnam Bilateral Army Exercise (VINBAX-2018) was conducted at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. It is the first military exercise between the two countries. The six day-long military exercise (from January 29 to February 3, 2018) was conducted as part of joint training undertaken with friendly foreign countries by Indian Army.

Key Facts

VINBAX-2018 was Table Top Exercise to carry out training for Peace Keeping Operations under United Nations (UN) mandate. It was jointly undertaken between 15 officers each from Indian Army and Vietnam People’s Army. The joint exercise was especially designed to enable and train officers from Vietnam in United Nations Peace Keeping Operations. The joint exercise was of mutual interaction and shared experiences amongst both armies. It also further strengthened cultural and historical ties between both nations and took bilateral relations forward to greater heights.

Background

Defence ties between India and Vietnam have been on an upswing with the primary focus being cooperation in the maritime domain.  Both countries had signed a protocol on defence cooperation in 1994. The partnership was thereafter elevated to strategic level in 2007 and pact on boosting bilateral defence cooperation was signed in 2009.  The strategic partnership was elevated to a comprehensive strategic partnership in September 2016.

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Vajra Prahar: Indo-US joint military exercise to be held in Seattle

The Indo-US joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ will be held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Seattle in third week of January in line with the increasing military cooperation between both countries.

In this edition of bilateral exercise, Indian Army team from the Pune-headquartered Southern Command will participate. The exercise will mainly focus on special operations in urban areas.

Key Facts

The aim of the Vajra Prahar exercise is to promote military relations between two countries by enhancing interoperability and mutual exchange of tactics between Special Forces. Its objectives are to

  • Share best practices between two armies.
  • Develop joint strategies by sharing expertise of conducting operations in a counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism environment.
  • Capitalise on rich repository of experiences of each other armies.

Background

‘Vajra Prahar’ is Indo-US Special Forces joint training exercise conducted alternately in India and the US started in 2010. It is conducted annually, but there was a gap of three years between 2012 and 2015. The last edition was held in Jodhpur in March 2017.

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