A six-day joint Indian Army-IAF exercise Vijayee Bhava ("Be Victorious") began today in the desert sectors of Western India, bordering Pakistan. The conventional exercise, centred around the Indian Army's 2 Corps, draws elements from both services, and involves simulations of a rapid armoured offensive into enemy territory to hold ground. It is not known if the indigenous Arjun tank, part of the 75th Armoured Regiment, is also part of the exercise.
I will be travelling to the Suratgarh sector on May 12 to report on the exercise. Lots of photos and updates. The last IAF-Army exercise I covered in the desert sectors was Desert Strike in November 2005.
Photo ©Shiv Aroor / Exercise Desert Strike 2005
Labels: AIR FORCE, Armour And Artillery, Army, Exercises, Warfighting