Sindhu Sudarshan Current Affairs - 2019

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Indian Army conducts Sindhu Sudarshan exercise in Barmer, Rajasthan

The Strike Corps (also known as Sudarshan Chakra Corps) of Indian Army is conducting the annually held exercise, dubbed Sindu Sudarshan-VII, in Barmer, Rajasthan. The annual exercise will test the operational readiness and maneuver warfare capability of Indian Army’s 21 Corps, one of the service’s three so-called Strike Corps. The Corps currently consists of 2 infantry divisions, 1 armored division, and 3 support brigades.

About Sindhu Sudarshan Exercise

Exercise Objective: To validate battle readiness and operational effectiveness of Sudarshan Chakra Corps in an Integrated Air-Land Battle scenario.

Participants: About 40,000 troops, 700 ‘A’ Vehicles and 300 Guns of Sudarshan Chakra Corps of Southern Command. Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Army’s Army Aviation Corps (AAC) will participate in war games with an undisclosed number of combat aircraft.

Exercise Part: The 1st part of Sindu Sudarshan-VII’ exercise was held in middle of October with fire power demonstration in Pokhran. The second part of this exercise is being held from 13 to 18 November in Jaisalmer-Barmer desert in Rajasthan and the 3rd part of exercise which will be held between 29 November 29 and 4 December 2019 will also include live firing exercise held in the Pokhran Field Firing Range, Jaisalmer.

Key Component of War Games being conducted in open deserts of Rajasthan will be fast mobilization of Corps, testing its ability to quickly strike deep into enemy terrain with ground forces supported by air power as well as to hone Corps’ combat skills for executing a swift, intense and deep strike in deserts and semi-developed terrain.

The exercise will showcase tanks and other armored vehicles duly supported by overwhelming land and air-based fire power conducting fully integrated operational maneuvers.

Key Component of War Games being conducted in open deserts of Rajasthan will be fast mobilization of Corps, testing its ability to quickly strike deep into enemy terrain with ground forces supported by air power as well as to hone Corps’ combat skills for executing a swift, intense and deep strike in deserts and semi-developed terrain.

The exercise will showcase tanks and other armored vehicles duly supported by overwhelming land and air-based fire power conducting fully integrated operational maneuvers.

The exercise involved live fire drills conducted by: K-9 Vajra 155 mm/52 caliber self-propelled tracked howitzers, Rudra advanced light helicopters and BM-21 Multiple Rocket Launch Systems, among others.

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.