New Delhi, Oct14: The Joint Military Training Exercise "Ex Yudh Abhyas 2021" will be undertaken from October 15 to 29, 2021, at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Alaska (USA), as part of the ongoing Indo-US Defense Cooperation. The contingent of 350 men from an Infantry Battalion Group left on October 14, 2021.
Exercise YudhAbhyas is India and the United States' longest-running bilateral military training and defence cooperation effort. This will be the 17th edition of the joint exercise, which alternately takes place in both countries. The previous iteration of this exercise was held in February 2021 at the Mahajan Field Firing Ranges in Bikaner, Rajasthan. This exercise is another step in the two countries' expanding military collaboration.
The exercise aims to improve mutual understanding, cooperation, and interoperability between the two armies. The joint exercise will concentrate on Combined Arms Manoeuvres in cold weather conditions, with the primary goal of sharing tactical level drills and learning best practices from one another. The activity will be completed after a 48-hour validation period.
After recent developments in the region of Afghanistan after the US withdrawal left the region vulnerable for military operations by the insurgent forces as well as ill thinking nations like China. The establishment of QUAD was just a start to strengthen the bonds between these two countries along with Australia as well as Japan.
Countering selfish Chinese interest in the International waters of the East and South China Sea region with the integrity of the domestic and International borders of the nation that comes under the region is important. By exercising together, all these countries have a chance to work concurrently with the forces on different terrains.