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Indo-US Combined military exercise Yudh Abhyas 2014 concluded in Uttarakhand

Sep 30, 2014 18:14 IST

The India-US Combined Military Training Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2014 concluded at Ranikhet in Uttarakhand on 30 September 2014. The Yudh Abhyas 2014 started on 17 September 2014.

It was the tenth exercise in the Yudh Abhyas series that started in 2004 under US Army Pacific partnership program. Yudh Abhyas 2014, a part of bilateral defence cooperation, aimed at sharing of ideas, concepts and learning from each other’s experiences.

During the 14-day exercise, the troops of Mountain Brigade of Indian Army and Company and Brigade Headquarter of the US Army cooperated to strengthen and broaden inter-operability and cooperation between armies of  the US and India.

It also featured training, planning and executing a series of tactical drills by contingents for neutralizing possible threats.  It also focused on counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in mountainous terrain and in United Nations mandated operations.

The two armies  fielded state-of-the-art equipment for surveillance and tracking, specialist weapons for close quarter battle with terrorists, explosives, IEDs and detectors, as well as latest communication equipment.

The defense activity also exhibited ways to peacefully control crowds and minimize civilian casualties during encounters especially in places like Jammu and Kashmir.

 

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