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About The Exercise AUSTRAHIND-23

Context:

The Indian Armed Forces contingent, comprising 81 personnel, departed for Australia to take part in the second edition of Joint Military Exercise AUSTRAHIND-23.

Relevance:

GS III: Security Challenges

Exercise AUSTRAHIND-23: Enhancing India-Australia Military Collaboration

Inception and Frequency:
  • Initiation: Instituted in 2022.
  • First Edition: Held in Mahajan, Rajasthan.
  • Annual Event: Planned as a recurring training exercise, alternating locations between India and Australia.
Objective:
  • Purpose: Foster collaborative partnerships and share best practices between the Indian and Australian military forces.
Current Edition – AUSTRAHIND-23:
  • Location: Perth, Australia.
  • Duration: November 22nd to December 6th, 2023.
  • Participants: Indian Army contingent, consisting of 60 personnel from a Gorkha Rifles battalion.
Operational Focus:
  • Terrain Emphasis: Multi-domain operations in urban and semi-urban settings.
  • UN Chapter VII: Adherence to peacekeeping operations protocols.
Key Highlights:
  • Inter-Operability: Promoting joint operations and compatibility.
  • Tactical Operations Rehearsal: Exchange of tactical ideas and joint practice of techniques and procedures.
  • Strategic Understanding: Enhancing mutual understanding between the Indian and Australian militaries.
  • Defence Cooperation: Reinforcing and strengthening defense cooperation between the two nations.
Long-Term Significance:
  • Collaborative Learning: Facilitating the exchange of ideas for the effective execution of military operations.
  • Strategic Partnership: Furthering the understanding and synergy between the armed forces of India and Australia.

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