Defence Sector – DPP, Missions, Schemes, Security Forces, etc.

Joint Indo-UK military exercise focusing on inter-operability


Mains Paper 2: IR | Bilateral, regional & global groupings & agreements involving India &/or affecting India’s interests

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Military exercises-Ajeya Warrior, Indra, Shakti, Shatrujeet, Drad sankalp

Mains level: India’s defence cooperation with various nations

Third edition of the exercise ‘Ajeya Warrior’

  1. The third edition of the exercise, underway at close to the Indo-Pak border in Rajasthan, is aimed at acquainting both the armies with each others’ operating procedures to be applied while operating in counter-terrorism environment
  2. Military-to-military cooperation, inter-operability, heliborne and anti-terrorists operations are some of the highlights of the joint Indo-UK military exercise

About the exercise

  1. The exercise is being held against the backdrop of UN mandate of anti-terrorism operations
  2. The first exercise was conducted in 2013 at Belgaum, Karnataka, where as for the second exercise in 2015, an Indian Army contingent had visited the United Kingdom

Other exercises held in Rajasthan

  1. In Rajasthan, Indo-Russian exerciseIndra-2013’ and ‘Indra-2015’ and Indo-French exerciseShakti-2016’ were the similar bilateral exercises focused on anti-terrorism operations
  2. Apart from these anti-terrorism exercises, the Indian desert terrain bordering with Pakistan has also witnessed some major armoured intensive offensive training exercises like ‘Shatrujeet-2016’ and ‘Drad Sankalp-2015
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