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PIB Summaries 29 October 2022


  1. Exercise ‘Garuda VII’
  2. Exercise SIMBEX

Exercise ‘Garuda VII’

Focus: Security challenges

Why in News?

Indian Air Force (IAF) and French Air and Space Force (FASF) are participating in a bilateral exercise, named ‘Garuda Vil at Air Force Station Jodhpur.

About Exercise ‘Garuda VII’

  • This joint exercise will provide a platform for both the countries to enhance operational capability and interoperability, while also sharing best practices.
  • This is the seventh edition of the bilateral exercise. The first, third and fifth editions were conducted in India in 2003, 2006 and 2014 at Air Force Stations Gwalior, Kalaikunda and Jodhpur, respectively.
  • The second, fourth and sixth editions were conducted in France in 2005, 2010 and 2019.
  • Participation of the IAF and FASF in this exercise will promote professional interaction, exchange of experiences and enhancement of operational knowledge, besides strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

Exercise SIMBEX

Focus: Security challenges

Why in News?

The Indian Navy is hosting the 29th edition of the Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) from at Visakhapatnam.

About Exercise SIMBEX:

  • SIMBEX-2022 is being conducted in two phases – Harbour Phase at Visakhapatnam  followed by the Sea Phase in Bay of Bengal.
  • The Harbour Phase witnessed extensive professional and sporting interactions between the two navies including cross deck visits, Subject Matter Expert Exchanges (SMEE) and planning meetings.
  • SIMBEX series of exercises began in 1994 and were initially known as Exercise Lion King.
  • The scope and complexity of the exercise has risen substantially over the past two decades to include advanced naval drills covering a wide spectrum of maritime operations.
  • The exercise exemplifies the high level of cooperation between India and Singapore in the maritime domain. 
  • It also highlights the commitment and contribution of the two nations towards enhancing maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region.

December 2023