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PIB Summaries 16 April 2024

  1. India-Uzbekistan Joint Military Exercise DUSTLIK 2024


The Indian Army contingent departed today for the 5th edition of India- Uzbekistan joint military Exercise DUSTLIK.


Facts for Prelims

About India- Uzbekistan joint military Exercise DUSTLIK:

Schedule and Location:

  • Dates: 15th to 28th April 2024
  • Location: Termez, Republic of Uzbekistan
  • Frequency: Yearly event conducted alternatively in India and Uzbekistan.
  • Last Edition: Pithoragarh, India in February 2023
Participating Contingents
  • Indian Armed Forces:
    • Total Personnel: 60
    • Composition:
      • Indian Army: 45 personnel (mainly from a Battalion of the JAT Regiment)
      • Indian Air Force: 15 personnel
      • Women Officers: Two, from the Regiment of Artillery and the Army Medical Corps.
  • Uzbekistan Armed Forces:
    • Total Personnel: Approximately 100
    • Composition:
      • Personnel from Uzbekistan Army and Air Force
      • Represented by personnel from the Southern Operational Command, part of the South-West Military District.
  • Aim:
    • Foster military cooperation and enhance combined capabilities to execute joint operations in mountainous and semi-urban terrain.
  • Focus Areas:
    • High degree of physical fitness
    • Joint planning
    • Joint tactical drills
    • Basics of special arms skills

Tactical Drills:

  • Creation of a Joint Command Post
  • Establishing an Intelligence & Surveillance Centre
  • Securing a landing site
  • Small Team Insertion & Extraction
  • Special Heliborne Operations
  • Cordon and Search Operations
  • Room Intervention Drills
  • Demolition of illegal structures

Complexity of the Exercise:

  • Enhanced with the conduct of multi-domain operations.
  • The contingent includes personnel from combat support arms and services besides Infantry.

Purpose and Outcomes:

  • Share best practices in Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures of conducting joint operations.
  • Develop inter-operability, bonhomie, and camaraderie between soldiers of both countries.
  • Enhance the level of defence cooperation, fostering bilateral relations between India and Uzbekistan.

May 2024