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Indian, US armies take part in joint war exercise in UP

October 12, 2009 19:09 IST

The Indian and US armies started the joint war games under Yudha Abhayas 09 at Babina cantonment area in Jhansi District of Uttar Pradesh on Monday.

The 18-day war game is being held under the aegis of India's Southern Army Command. Over 300 personnel of the Indian Army's Mechanised Infantry Battalion and Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the US Army are participating in this exercise. 

'Yudha Abhyas' will conduct training under the framework of the agreed joint training programme for sharing useful experience in peacekeeping operations and humanitarian activities during disaster management.

The war games will include peacekeeping operations to include military coordination, military decision-making process and rules of engagement. The exercise will also concentrate on the aspects of stability during operations to include mounting and ROE, mine and counter-Improvised Explosive Device operations and patrolling.

The 18-day exercise will also concentrate on different aspects of human rights. The soldiers of both the armies will practice military operations in civilian areas including road opening, convoy protection and humanitarian assistance. Community and logistics support operations will also be a part.

Soldiers of the Indian and US armies will share and learn from each other's experiences through combined military decision-making and planning, and employment of forces during the exercise. The exercise would help in promoting mutual trust and understanding through the exchange of tactics, techniques and procedures associated with logistics support.
Source: ANI