Jaipur, December 22: On Friday, Indian Army's Southern Command concluded a week-long ‘Hamesha Vijayee’ exercise in the deserts of Rajasthan to evaluate the capability of the armed forces to strike deep into enemy territory in an integrated air-land battle.
Notably, the military exercise, which started from December 16, was being carried in the general area of Barmer and Jaisalmer, and aimed at fine-tuning surveillance and destruction mechanisms to support precision strikes.
During a week-long exercise, the army executed its manoeuvres in a network-enabled environment by employing diverse elements of combat and combat support arms fully integrated with air assets to achieve decisive results. However, the exercise also aimed at streamlining operational procedures. Units of the formations had been undergoing training for the past two months to hone their skills and tactics.
Also, various electronic warfare equipment and other new age force multipliers were used to amalgamate technology and further refine real-time information of adversary’s activities which was shared with various command and control centres for planning and execution of coordinated operations.
Thereafter, a host of medium and long-range weapons, as well as airborne/ heliborne forces and the entire spectrum of aerial platforms, were utilized to ensure non-linear application of combat potential. With a large array of tanks and other types of armoured vehicles duly supported by extensive firepower assets and robust logistics, the army showcased its cutting-edge operational readiness, as also presented a sterling example of jointmanship and a high degree of synergy with the Indian Air Force.
The ‘Hamesha Vijayee’ exercise was witnessed by the Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on December 21 and 22 December. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat commended the forces on their battle preparedness and synergized orchestration of complex operational manoeuvres. He also complimented the troops on achieving a very high standard of training during the exercise and termed it as highly successful.
The Southern Army Commander, Lieutenant General D R Soni, stated that a number of vital concepts were validated during this exercise and a number of important lessons were drawn which will enable the army to further streamline its operational plans and procedures. He also emphasized that he was confident of the prowess of the Southern Army in proving its mettle, whenever the situation demands.