List of Joint Military Exercises of the Indian Army

India is playing an enormous interest in establishing a relationship with various countries around the globe. Integration of the military exercises is an unavoidable obligation for the contemporary combat zone. The joint military is essential for the cooperation of countries apart from economic cooperation and the prevailing hard situation.

The absence of 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 signaling’.

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Indian Military Exercises

The Indian military exercises can be segregated into 3 categories:

  1. Domestic exercise
  2. Bilateral Exercise
  3. Multilateral exercise

Domestic exercise – This exercise aims to improve internal engagements and there can be inter-services or intra-services depending on nature and its application.

List of military domestic exercises:

  1. Gandiv Vijay
  2. Paschim Lehar
  3. Vayu Shakti
  4. Vijay Prahar

Bilateral exercise – These exercises are conducted between two countries.

The following table provides you with a list of important Indian bilateral army exercises.

Exercise Name Participant Nations
Sampriti India & Bangladesh
Mitra Shakti India & Sri Lanka
Maitree Exercise India & Thailand
Vajra Prahar India & US
Yudh Abhyas India & US
Nomadic Elephant India & Mongolia
Garuda Shakti India & Indonesia
Shakti Exercise India & France
Dharma Guardian India & Japan
Surya Kiran India & Nepal
Hand in Hand Exercise India & China

Multilateral exercise – These exercises are conducted by the military including more than one partner nations.

List of major multilateral exercises conducted by the military are given below:

Multilateral exercise No of Participating countries
RIMPAC 26
MALABAR 3
COBRA-GOLD Asia – Pacific countries
Samvedna South Asian Region Nations

List of Important Military exercise

Exercise name Country participated in India Held at
Al Nagah-Ii Oman Bakloh, India
Bold Kurukshetra Singapore Madhya Pradesh, India
Chakravyuh – II Suratgarh, India
Drad Sankalp Rajasthan, India
Ekuverin Maldives Laamu Atoll, Maldives
Garuda Shakti IV Indonesia Magelang, Indonesia
Hand in Hand China Kunming, China
Hand in Hand China Pune, India
Indra Russia Bikaner, India
Indra Russia Vladivostok, Russia
Khanjar IV Kyrgyzstan Kok Jhangak, Kyrgyzstan
Lamitye Seychelles Port Victoria, Seychelles
Maitree Thailand Krabi, Thailand
Megh Prahar Mathura, India
Mitra Shakti Sri Lanka Pune, India
Mitra Shakti Sri Lanka Ambepussa, Sri Lanka
Multi-national FTX ASEAN plus Pune, India
Nomadic Elephant Mongolia Mongolia
Nomadic Elephant XII Mongolia Vairengte, India
Prabal Dostyk Kazakhstan Karaganda, Kazakhstan
Sampriti Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh
Shatrujeet Rajasthan, India
Surya Kiran IX Nepal Pithoragarh, India
Surya Kiran X Nepal Saljhandi, Nepal
Surya Kiran XI Nepal Pithoragarh, India
Yudh Abhyas United States Chaubattia, India
Al Nagah-Ii Oman Bakloh, India

Indian Army – Interesting Facts for UPSC

The table below gives a few important and interesting facts about the Indian Army:

Indian Army
Indian Army is the world’s largest ground force, overtaking China
There are approximately 1.4 million personnel in the Indian Army
The largest standing volunteer army in the world is 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 Indian Army is in New Delhi

  • The first headquarters of Indian Army – Red Fort, Delhi
  • Today – Portions of South Block along with a gigantic, architecturally modern Sena Bhavan adjacent.
In India, 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.)

  • The current Army Chief is General Manoj Mukund Naravane
  • Earlier, General Bipin Rawat was the Indian Army Chief
Indian Army also has Vice Chief and two Deputy Chiefs of Army Staff
In the Indian Army, corps are the field force. They are of two types – Holding Corps and Strike Corps

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