All About India-US Joint Military Exercise ‘Yudh Abhyas 20’

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The India-US joint military exercise “Yudh Abhyas 20” commenced today in Mahajan Field Firing Range of Bikaner district in Rajasthan. As part of their defence cooperation, soldiers from India and the United States will participate in a joint military exercise ”Yudh Abhyas 20”, which is scheduled to be held from February 8 to February 20 this year at the Mahajan Field Firing Range (MFFR) in Rajasthan.

About 270 US and 250 Indian army soldiers are participating in the exercise. Both the armies will share their war-related techniques, skills, and experience with each other during this exercise. This is the 16th edition of the annual bilateral joint exercise of both armies. It will continue till the 21st of this month. The previous version of the joint exercise was held in Seattle, USA.

Yudh Abhyas 20 provides excellent opportunities for professional and cultural exchanges that strengthen partnership through shared learning and training, the release said. Training commences with expert academic exchanges and professional development workshops that focus on training at the corps-level and below; combat against conventional, unconventional, and hybrid threats; humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, release added.

The command post exercise (CPX) will focus on UN peacekeeping operation staff tasks in a combined military setting. A field training exercise (FTX) will involve company-strength elements from each nation exercising combined, fundamental war-fighting skills to enhance combined operational capacity, release added.

The exercise is one of the largest military training and defense cooperation efforts between India and the United States. This exercise is another step in the growing military cooperation between the two countries, which shows the growth in Indo-US relations. It is also a sign that both India and the US understand the threat of terrorism and are standing shoulder to shoulder in combating the same.

U.S. Army, Pacific’s Exercise Yudh Abhyas is a regularly-scheduled bilateral exercise hosted by the Indian and U.S. Armies which allows for an exchange of knowledge between the two militaries using a U.N. peacekeeping scenario. Yudh Abhyas has been ongoing since 2004, and is designed to promote cooperation between the two militaries while sharing training, cultural exchanges, and building joint operating skills.

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