India-US To Conduct War Exercise Near China Border

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By: Vineet Upadhyay
Updated: 05 August, 2022 5:58 pm IST

DEHRADUN: Armed forces of India and the United States of America will hold their regular Yudhabhyas series of war exercises in the Auli of Chamoli district at the India-China border in Uttarakhand.

This would be the 18th of the Yudhabhyas wargames between India and the US to help enhance interoperability between the two sides. The field combat exercise started in the year 2004 between US and Indian armies.

The two-week-long event will see both armies hone their tactical and technical skills in counter-insurgency and terrorism in a United Nations peacekeeping scenario. State-of-the-art equipment for surveillance and tracking, specialist weapons for close quarter battle and the latest communication techniques will be used.

The exercise is scheduled from October 18 to 31 in the hilly terrains which have witnessed the additional deployment of assets and troops in the last two years.

Last year, the 17th edition of Indo-US joint exercise Ex Yudh Abhyas 2021, the joint military training between Indian and the US Armies took place at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska in October 2021.

The Indian contingent comprised 350 personnel of an Infantry Battalion group of the MADRAS Regiment while the US contingent consisted of 300 soldiers of the First Squadron (Airborne) of the 40th Cavalry Regiment.

“The two Armies have gained from each other’s expertise and experience in the conduct of platoon and company level operations. The exercise has strengthened confidence, interoperability and enabled sharing of best practices between the two contingents,” stated the official statement of the exercise from the year 2021.

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