The Indo-US joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ will be undertaken at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Seattle, US in the third week of January.
The exercise would see a 45-member Special Forces team from Indian Army’s Southern Command train alongside US soldiers.
About the Exercise
• ‘Vajra Prahar’ is an Indo-US Special Forces joint training exercise, which is conducted alternately in India and the US.
• Though it was initiated in the year 2010, there was a gap of three years between 2012 and 2015.
• The last edition of the exercise was held in Jodhpur in March 2017.
• This edition’s Indian Army team is from the Pune-headquartered Southern Command.
• The main aim of the exercise is to promote military relations between India and US by enhancing interoperability and mutual exchange of tactics between the Special Forces.
• The joint training further aims to enable:
- Sharing of best practices between the two armies.
- Development of joint strategies by sharing the expertise of conducting operations in a counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism environment.
- Capitalising on the rich repository of experiences of each of the armies.
• The exercise will mainly focus on special operations in urban areas.