About Yudh Abhyas

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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.

Source: India, US to Conduct 19th Edition of Yudh Abhyas in Alaska Focusing on Stronger Military Cooperation