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Yudh Abhyas: India-USA Joint Military Exercise

Context:

Armies of India and the United States will begin another edition of their joint military exercise ‘Yudh Abhyas’ at Fort Wainwright in Alaska.

Relevance:

GS III: Security challenges 

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Yudh Abhyas: India-USA Joint Military Exercise
  2. Yudh Abhyas 2023 (19th Edition)
  3. List of Other India-USA Exercises

Yudh Abhyas: India-USA Joint Military Exercise

  • Yudh Abhyas is an annual joint military exercise conducted between the armies of India and the USA.
  • The exercise has been held continuously since 2004, aiming to foster cooperation, share training, and enhance joint operating skills.

Yudh Abhyas 2023 (19th Edition):

  • The 2023 edition is the 19th iteration of the joint exercise, hosted alternately between India and the USA.
  • The training will focus on the deployment of an integrated battle group under Chapter VII of the UN Mandate.
  • Various operations related to peacekeeping, peace enforcement, and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) will be practiced.
  • Swift and coordinated relief efforts in response to natural calamities will be practiced by troops from both nations.
  • The exercise will involve the employment of a coalition-integrated battle group in challenging mountainous and extreme climatic conditions, incorporating elements like heliborne or airborne operations.
List of Other India-USA Exercises:
  • Army: Vajra Prahar (Joint Special Forces Exercise)
  • Navy: MALABAR (Multilateral Naval Exercise)
  • Air Force: Cope India, Red Flag (Multilateral Air Exercises)

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