India, Kazakhstan Joint Exercise PRABAL DOSTYK-16 begins

Sep 8, 2016 10:00 IST

Troops of Indian and Kazakhstan Army on 7 September 2016 began the joint exercise 'PRABAL DOSTYK – 16'. The exercise being conducted in Karaganda region of Kazakhstan will conclude on 17 September 2016.

Prabal Dostyk meaning Robust Friendship is a significant step towards fostering military as well as diplomatic ties between both countries.

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•    The primary aim of the fourteen day exercise will be to enhance interoperability while undertaking Counter Terrorism & Counter Insurgency Operations in rural and semi-urban environment under the umbrella of United Nations.

• The Indian Army is being represented by platoon strength.

• The Kazakhstan Army contingent comprise of platoon from Special Operating Force’s Unit.

• The exercise will be conducted in two stages

a) First stage will be to familiarize with each other’s tactics, drills, weapons & equipment

b) In Second stage troops of both the armies will graduate to jointly execute a helicopter borne operation in a simulated environment. Combat battle drills and physical fitness will be the focal point of the exercise.

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