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India-US to Carry Out Mega Military Exercise near LAC Amid Rising Tensions with China

Amid mounting tensions with China, India and the United States will hold two weeks of high-altitude military exercises in Auli, Uttarakhand, less than 100 kilometers from the Central Sector Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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The joint India-US exercise is known as “Yudh Abhyas”. According to the sources in the defence and military establishment, the 18th edition of the joined military drill ‘Yudh Abhyas’ is scheduled to take place from October 14 to 31 in Uttarakhand’s Auli.

Joint exercises are scheduled for October 14 to 31, during which he said the two units will conduct a “full-scale maneuver” of high-altitude warfare, according to sources at the Defense and Security Institute. It’s a schedule. According to sources, the location where the exercises will take place (10,000 feet altitude) where the exercise will take place falls in Stage 1 of acclimatization for high altitudes.

“This is a very important exercise as the Indian side presents its high-altitude warfare strategy and the American side presents various technologies that can be used in such a scenario. The exercise is planned to have both sides working together on a scenario-by-scenario basis,” the source said.

Another source said various activities were planned for both sides to make the most of two weeks of intensive high-altitude military exercises and to see how the forces could work together.

The Indian Air Force will also play a key role in the exercise, sources said, adding that air and ground resources will be integrated.

Also Watch: List Of Indian Army Military Exercises 2022

India & China tensions Over LAC

India and China have witnessed heightened tensions in the LAC over the past two years after a standoff in Ladakh. Meanwhile, tensions between the US and China have also increased over Tuesday’s visit to Taiwan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. U.S. Army Pacific Commander General Charles Flynn said China’s military infrastructure development under the Western Theater Command, which oversees India, has been “eye-opening and alarming.” said in June that Indian and US forces would train together. This year it will be at altitudes of 9,000 to 10,000 feet, improving interoperability for high-altitude warfare.

Flynn also told a select group of journalists that the Chinese augmentation along the LAC and the construction of Bhutanese villages was an “eye opener.”

From October 14 to October 31, Indian and American troops will participate in a joint exercise where they will perform “manoeuvres to utilise the full scope” of high-altitude combat.

All About Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2021

The 17th Edition of Indo-US joint exercise “Ex Yudh Abhyas 2021”, the joint military training between Indian and the US Armies concluded at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska on 29 October 2021. The aim of this 14-day exercise was to familiarise each other with operational procedures, combat drills, and developing interoperability. The Indian contingent comprised 350 personnel of an Infantry Battalion group of the MADRAS Regiment while the US contingent consisted of 300 soldiers of the First Squadron (Airborne) of the 40th Cavalry Regiment.

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The two Armies have gained from each other’s expertise and experience in the conduct of platoon and company-level operations. The exercise has strengthened mutual confidence, inter-operability and enabled sharing of best practices between the two contingents.

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