New Delhi: During the recently concluded Exercise Ajeya Warrior in Salisbury, United Kingdom (UK), Indian and British troops successfully completed a fortnight long exercise and set new benchmarks of joint venture and interoperability. In the realm of changing facets of global terrorism, the exercise with UK is important as the troops shared experiences gained during different counter terrorists and insurgency operations.
The exercise started off on April 27 and concluded on May 11. The focus during the exercise was on urban and semi-urban warfare under the UN mandate and also on interoperability. Indian Army soldiers from the Bihar Regiment and the UK soldiers from the 2 Royal Gorkha Rifles participated in the exercise. The Indian Army soldiers also carried with them indigenous weapons and equipment.
Exercise Ajeya Warrior was conducted under extremely challenging conditions, and the troops of both sides trained together within a multi-domain environment. According to officials, the exercise scenario was designed to reflect contemporary real work challenges, and during the drill was supported by cyber assets, armour and aviation.
An official statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said that the scope of the exercise involved at the Battalion level a Command Post Exercise (CPX) and Company level Field Training Exercise (FTX). And the troops from both sides had engaged in different missions which helped in testing their operational acumen in different simulated situations and also to showcase and refine their tactical skills.
The exercise also gave an opportunity to hone their skills in dealing with contemporary multi-domain operations and to showcase their capabilities and emerging military technologies as part of their efforts towards modernization.
Giving further boost to bilateral relations and building a stronger strategic partnership between the two countries, Exercise Ajeya Warrior biennial training event helped increase understanding about each other’s military tactics and capabilities, a very critical aspect for the partnership. This bilateral exercise involving the armies of both countries is conducted alternatively in India and the UK. In 2021, the exercise in India was conducted at Chaubatia, Uttarakhand in October 2021.
India’s High Commissioner to the UK, V Doraiswami and Defence Advisor, Brigadier Vikramjit Singh Gill interacted with the troops of India and the UK on May 11, soon after the missions of drill were completed.