The 14-day long Combined Military exercise ‘Ajeya Warrior- 2017’ between India and the United Kingdom began at the Mahajan Field Firing Range near Bikaner, Rajasthan on 1 December 2017.
The participants include 20 Rajputana Rifles unit of the Indian Army and the first battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment of the UK Army. In total, about 120 Army personnel from both the armies are participating in the exercise.
• The exercise is the third joint military exercise between the two countries.
• While the first exercise of the series was held in 2013, in Belgium, the second such exercise was conducted in the UK in 2015.
• The main objective behind holding the drill is to increase mutual cooperation and coordination between the two countries.
• It would enable the armies of both the nations to learn and share from each other’s experience.
• It would also provide field commanders and troops from both countries with an opportunity to interact with each other in professional, social and cultural matters.
The 20 Rajputana Rifles has special experience in the field of counter terrorism in Operation Pawan and operations in Jammu and Kashmir, while the First Battalion of Royal Anglian Regiment has experience of showing war skills in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The units of both the armies have made extensive preparations for this exercise so that they can better understand each other and take advantage of each other's experiences.