By Prakash Bhandari
Jaipur: The joint military exercise between the Indian and U.S. armies, ‘Exercise Yudh Abhyas-20’ concluded on Feb 21 at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges near Bikaner in the Thar desert. This was the 16th edition of the joint exercise
that began on Feb 8 with the aim to focus on counter-terrorism operations under the UN mandate.
The training had drills at tactical level and sharing of best practices of each other, defense spokesperson Lt Colonel Amitabh Sharma said, adding that it strengthened the capabilities of joint operations by both armies.
In attendance towards the end were Maj Gen Daniel Mc Daniel, Deputy Commander General, US Army Pacific, and Maj Gen Xavier Brunson, General Officer Commanding, 7th Infantry Division from the U.S. Army, together with Maj Gen Michael A.J. Fernandez and Maj Gen Gurpreet Singh, General Officer Commanding, Ranbankura Division of the Indian Army.
The exercise included aerial platforms such as newly inducted indigenous Advance Light Helicopter WSI RUDRA, MI – 17, Chinooks, Apaches, in addition to the versatile Stryker IFVs of US Army and BMP-II Mechanised Infantry Combat Vehicles of Indian Army.
The joint exercise was another milestone in the upward trajectory of India-U.S. relations as well as towards the global war on terror.