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Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2021


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Yudh Abhyas 2021

Mains level : India-US defense ties

The 17th edition of the India-U.S. bilateral exercise, Yudh Abhyas 2021, got underway in mountainous terrain and cold climate conditions of Alaska, US.

Yudh Abhyas 2021

  • Exercise Yudh Abhyas is the largest running joint military training and defence cooperation endeavour between India and USA.
  • The exercise aims at enhancing understanding, cooperation and interoperability between the two armies.

Why it is significant?

  • Interestingly, this is the only India-U.S. service exercise continuing in bilateral format.
  • The India-U.S. Malabar naval exercise became trilateral with the addition of Japan in 2015 and further brought in all the Quad partners together with the inclusion of Australia in 2020.
  • Similarly, Japan joined the India-U.S. bilateral air exercise, Cope India, as an Observer in 2018 and the plan is to make it trilateral in phases.
  • Other than the Malabar, Japan had sent observers for the first time during Cope India 2018 as an Observer in 2018. s


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