In July 2023, the Nomadic Elephant exercise which is an India – Mongolia joint military exercise was conducted in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Similar to this, there are various other Indian army exercises, information of which is important for the IAS Exam.
India is playing an enormous interest in establishing a relationship with various countries around the globe. Integration of military exercises is an unavoidable obligation for the contemporary combat zone. Joint military exercises are essential for the cooperation of countries apart from economic and diplomatic cooperation.
Cooperation in the military field in the Indian armed forces received a motivation post-Kargil. The most significant benefit of joint military exercises is ‘strategic signalling’.
This is an important concept for many major government exams, including the UPSC IAS exam.
Indian Military Exercises
The Indian military exercises can be segregated into 3 categories:
- Domestic Exercise
- Bilateral Exercise
- Multilateral exercise
Domestic exercise – This exercise aims to improve internal engagements and these can be inter-services or intra-services depending on nature and their application.
List of domestic military exercises:
- Gandiv Vijay (Army)
- Paschim Lehar (Navy)
- Vayu Shakti (Air Force)
- Vijay Prahar (Army)
Bilateral exercise – These exercises are conducted between two countries.
The following table provides you with a list of important Indian bilateral military exercises.
|Exercise Name||Participant Nations|
|Sampriti||India & Bangladesh|
|Mitra Shakti||India & Sri Lanka|
|SLINEX||India & Sri Lanka|
|Maitree Exercise||India & Thailand|
|Siam Bharat||India & Thailand|
|Vajra Prahar||India & US|
|Yudh Abhyas||India & US|
|Cope India||India & US|
|Nomadic Elephant||India & Mongolia|
|Garuda Shakti||India & Indonesia|
|IND-INDO CORPAT||India & Indonesia|
|Samudra Shakti||India & Indonesia|
|Shakti Exercise||India & France|
|Varuna Exercise||India & France|
|Garuda Exercise||India & France|
|Dharma Guardian||India & Japan|
|JIMEX||India & Japan|
|Surya Kiran||India & Nepal|
|Hand in Hand Exercise||India & China|
|SIMBEX||India & Singapore|
|AUSINDEX||India & Australia|
|Indo-Thai CORPAT||India & Thailand|
|AUSTRA HIND||India & Australia|
|IN-BN CORPAT||India & Bangladesh|
|Table Top||India & Bangladesh|
|Prabal Dostyk||India & Kazakhstan|
|Khanjar||India & Kyrgyzstan|
|Ekuverin||India & The Maldives|
|IMBEX||India & Myanmar|
|IMCOR||India & Myanmar|
|Al Nagah||India & Oman|
|Naseem Al Bahr||India & Oman|
|Eastern Bridge||India & Oman|
|Exercise Indra||India & Russia|
|Ajeya Warrior||India & UK|
|Konkan||India & UK|
|Indradhanush||India & UK|
|Eastern Bridge||India & Oman|
|Lamitiye||India & Seychelles|
|VINBAX||India & Vietnam|
Multilateral exercise – These exercises are conducted by the military including more than one partner nation.
A list of major multilateral exercises conducted by the military is given below:
|Multilateral exercise||No of Participating countries|
|COBRA-GOLD||Asia – Pacific countries|
|Samvedna||South Asian Region Nations|
Latest Important Military Exercises – 2023
The table given below mentions the latest editions of all the important military exercises of India with other nations. CSE exam aspirants must refer to the details discussed below:
|Exercise name||Country participated with India||Latest Date/Year/Edition||Held at|
||Mahajan Field Firing Range, Bikaner|
||Jodhpur Military Station|
|Hand in Hand||China||
|Mitra Shakti||Sri Lanka||
||Ampara, Sri Lanka|
|Multi-national FTX/Exercise Force Eighteen||18 ASEAN Plus countries||
|KAZIND (Prabal Dostyk)||Kazakhstan||
||Jashore Military Station, Bangladesh|
|Surya Kiran XIV||Nepal||
|Yudh Abhyas||United States||
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Facts About Indian Army for UPSC
The table below gives a few important and interesting facts about the Indian Army for the UPSC Exam:
|There are approximately 1.4 million personnel in the Indian Army|
|The largest standing volunteer army in the world is the Indian Army with 1,129,900 Active personnel and 960,000 Reserves|
|There are recruiting zones in the country for the purpose of recruitment in the Indian Army|
|The headquarters of the Indian Army is in New Delhi
|In India, the command headquarters is known as Field Army with a General Officer Commanding-in-Chief presiding over matters in the rank of a (three-star) Lieutenant General.|
|The head of the Indian Army staff is called the Chief of Army Staff (COAS.)
|Indian Army also has a Vice Chief and two Deputy Chiefs of Army Staff|
|In the Indian Army, the corps are the field force. They are of two types – Holding Corps and Strike Corps|
Largely, the topic, India Army Exercises, is covered under bilateral relations of India, and also under the security section of the IAS Syllabus of GS 2 and GS 3 respectively. Hence, aspirants should remember the names of these exercises while writing any answer that involves either of these sections.
Also, refer to the previous year’s IAS Topper list and get inspired and motivated by their success stories.
Frequently Asked Questions about Joint Military Exercises of the Indian Army
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