Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Images From Indo-US Army Exercise Yudh Abhyas

Army Statement: Exercise YUDH ABHYAS is part of an ongoing series of joint exercises between the Indian and United States Armies since 2005, agreed upon under the New Framework of India-US Defence Relationship. Commencing at the platoon level, the exercise has graduated to a command post (CPX) and field training exercise (FTX).

The seventh edition of Yudh Abhyas is currently underway since 05 March 12 in two locations under the South Western Command. The US Army contingent is from the US Army Pacific (USARPAC), part of their Pacific Command (PACOM). The Command Post Exercise has an engineer brigade headquarters with its planners from both sides, while the Field Training Exercise comprises troops of 2nd Squadron 14th US Cavalry Regiment from 25th Infantry Division, Hawaii, along with a platoon of Strykers, and a similar sized Indian Army contingent of mechanized infantry. The event is all the more interesting as a number of key surveillance, communications and Improvised Explosive Devices detection and neutralisation technologies, available with both sides have been fielded in the exercise.

On 13 March 12, the two sides executed a joint cordon and search drill to neutralise suspected insurgents, in a specially constructed training area at the ranges in an abandoned village. The FTX, codenamed  DESERT LARK, saw the Indian and US troops establish a cordon using their combat  vehicles at night and then conduct dismounted searches by day to flush out insurgents as  also use the third dimension (helicopters) as part of the drill.

The CPX (SARVADA SAVIOURS) at Bathinda focussed on the challenges faced by Sappers in the domain of countering threats of  Improvised Explosive Devices,  infrastructure development in strife torn regions and  inaccessible areas and execution of rescue and relief operations during natural calamities or  disasters. The exercise provided an excellent opportunity to both sides to understand functioning of Engineer Brigades with special emphasis on operations under United Nations mandate in troubled areas.

DESERT LARK and SARVADA SAVIOURS was witnessed by an Indian and  US Army delegation, headed by Lt Gen Gyan Bhushan, GOC-in-C South Western Command and  Lt Gen Francis "Frank" Wiercinski, commander of the US Army Pacific, as also the co-chair of the Executive Steering  Group (ESG) for Indo-US army training events and exchanges. In addition, a number of senior members of the Indian Army also witnessed the drills and interacted with the troops participating in the exercise, both at Mahajan and Bathinda.

15 comments :

Anonymous said...

Photo 4 shows an india solider with nice digital caumo & light bullet proof... This is good to see...

Regards,

Sachin

Anonymous said...

can anyone confirm, whether the person manning the machine gun in the last pic is Indian Army personnel or not. And if he is Indian, is he using US Army gears or are they Indian.

Anonymous said...

Where is our Indian Soldiers?

Anonymous said...

Is the second guy who is standing on the jeep in the last picture is Indian soldier and if its true then is he wearing his own gears ??

Gagan said...

WTF !!!
"Meat Ki Dukaan", "Desi Sharaab Ki Dukaan", "Vote for Bahustan Liberation"

What not-so-subtle message is being conveyed here hain ji?

Anonymous said...

now where are those 3 odd Abrams looking forward for their pictures in this exercise

Anonymous said...

Its really high time we got our Light Specialist Vehicle.Wonder what happened to the tender.

The Gypsy relies on its smallness and speed.Still it is basically rooted in a civilian leisure off-road vehicle.It will literally be shredded by any sort of fire in its basic state.

Anonymous said...

shiv pls. post some more pics..all these soldiers are yanks...

wud be nice see some jawans too..and then compare our pathetic equipment with theirs...as usual...poor jawans...no one cares for their needs...

-vishal

Anonymous said...

'Meat ki dukan' in Photo-3. LoL. F*ing hilarious.

aks said...

shiv,
what about highlights of tropex?
any sparring between ships?

Anonymous said...

Waiting to see the day when our guys would have gear like that.Wonder why we keep spending billions of dollars on useless upgrades when that money could be channeled to make our brave troops more lethal and safe!

El Phocho said...

Guys, I have uploaded some PTI photos of the exercise on G+ (It consists of photos from the Mizoram war-games with Indonesia as well as that of Yudh Abhyas)

Link: https://plus.google.com/photos/112979283541149347404/albums/5719731424390365201

Anonymous said...

In most countries, GI Joe always get the shorter end of the stick. It is so much flashier to print I have this $B fighter or that.

This is equally true with French army. Going to Afghanistan wearing green camo in a brown desert environment. Need night vision? sorry you are restricted to 4 AA batteries per month or year (I forgot). Need winter clothing, more batteries, need that fancy lightweight bulletproof armor, better trade my "in demand" French ration for that "in demand" US made gear, or swipe my own plastic card. Sounds like a bad joke, I wish it is.

Anonymous said...

now US is threatning sanctions over iran-india links, you can never trust them no matter how hard you try

selecting GE was a mistake
selecting all USA weapons are mistakes, our forces may have to pay for political bullshit and dependance on US lately.

Russia, france all are any day better than American politicians

Anonymous said...

US has given employment to million indians..and is a restriction free country to practice your religion with better judicial system...there is no need to hate such a country although there is some country specific interests...