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India United States to Upgrade Army Exercise Yudh Abhyas

Published Sep 11, 2018
Updated Aug 12, 2020

India and the United States will be holding Exercise “Yudh Abhyas” at Chaubatia in Uttarakhand from September 16 to 29. U.S. Army Pacific and the Indian Army. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion 23rd Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade 2nd Infantry Division partnered with Indian Army Soldiers from the 99th Mountain Brigade, 6th Mountain Division will be conducting d military-to-military training exercise in Uttarakhand, India.

India and the United States have been holding Exercise Yudh Abhyas since 2004. Held by the Indian Army and the U.S. Army, Indo Pacific Command Exercise Yudh Abhyas is a regularly-scheduled bilateral exercise hosted by the Indian and U.S. Armies which allows for an exchange of knowledge between the two militaries using a U.N. peacekeeping scenario. Yudh Abhyas is designed to promote cooperation between the two militaries while sharing training, cultural exchanges, and building joint operating skills. 

Exercise Yudh Abhyas will provide an opportunity to the armed forces of both countries to train in an integrated manner at Battalion level with joint planning at Brigade level. Multiple scenarios will be rehearsed during the joint exercise with a view to understand each-other’s organisational structure and battle procedures which would result in a higher degree of jointmanship that would further facilitate interoperability between the armed forces of both countries to meet any unforeseen contingency across the globe. The exercise is also an ideal platform to learn from each-other’s experiences of planning and execution of operations.

Both armies will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well-developed operations for neutralisation of threats of varied nature. In the end a joint exercise will be undertaken by both countries in an operational setting under a UN mandate. Experts from both sides will also hold expert academic and military discussions to share each other’s experiences on varied topics for mutual benefit as per a press release in the past.

Annual training with the Indian army began in 2004 at the platoon exchange level to enhance ur ability to conduct joint and multi-national operations in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s theater campaign plan by conducting a combined exercise with the Indian army to improve cultural awareness, develop friendships, and enhance cooperation among the two armies says the US Army press release.

The U.S. military-to-military association with the Indian army is a maturing bilateral relationship that is strengthened by exercises like Yudh Abhyas.

Execution of these exercises is vital to effective and efficient peacekeeping and foreign disaster relief operations and civil affairs core tasks focused on humanitarian and disaster relief.