Armies of India and the United States will begin another edition of their joint military exercise 'Yudh Abhyas' at Fort Wainwright in Alaska.
About Yudh Abhyas:
- It is a joint military exercise conducted annually between the armies of India and USA.
- It has been ongoing since 2004.
- It is designed to promote cooperation between the two militaries while sharing training, cultural exchanges, and building joint operating skills.
- Yudh Abhyas 2023:
- This marks the 19th edition of the joint exercise, which is hosted alternately between both countries.
- The training schedule focuses on the employment of an integrated battle group under Chapter VII of the UN Mandate.
- The schedule will include all operations related to peacekeeping and peace enforcement.
- The joint exercise will also focus on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.
- Troops from both nations will practice launching swift and coordinated relief efforts in the wake of any natural calamity.
- The exercise will see the employment of the coalition-integrated battle group in the mountain and extreme climatic conditions.
- The elements like heliborne or airborne will be employed.
List of Exercises between India and USA:
- Army: Yudh Abhyas and Vajra Prahar
- Navy: MALABAR (Multilateral)
- Air Force: Cope India, Red Flag (Multilateral)
Q1) What is MALABAR exercise?
It was started in 1992 as a bilateral naval exercise between India and US navy. The first Malabar Exercise in the Bay of Bengal took place in 2007. It was expanded into a trilateral format with the inclusion of Japan in 2015. In 2020, the Australian Navy joined the Malabar Exercise, making it a quadrilateral naval exercise. The aim of the Malabar Exercise of India, the US, Japan and Australia is to coordinate for a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific.