Vajra Prahar 2021: Vajra Prahar is the joint military exercise between the special forces of India and the United States (US). The latest edition of this exercise is Vajra Prahar XI that took place in March 2021 at Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh.
Vajra Prahar X took place from 13th October 2019 to 28th October 2019 in Seattle (US).
Segments of Joint Military Exercises form an important part of current affairs for the IAS Exam. This article will mention the relevant facts about Vajra Prahar for UPSC preparation.
Candidates can read about the similar Joint Military Exercises between the Indian Army and other nations, from the links mentioned in the table below:
|Candidates preparing for Civil Services Examination are advised to check the following links to make their preparation easier:|
Facts about Vajra Prahar Exercise
The table below mentions the important details about Exercise Vajra Prahar from UPSC Prelims perspectives:
|Vajra Prahar – Facts for UPSC|
|It is a bilateral exercise between the special forces of India and the US|
|The military forces that participate in Vajra Prahar are:
The US – The Special Forces and
India – The Southern Command of Indian Armed Forces
|45-member troop of Special Forces from the Indian Military participated in the Vajra Prahar 10th Edition in 2019|
|Operational tactics and Joint Mission Planning take place in Vajra Prahar|
|The aim of Vajra Prahar is to enhance military cooperation between the two countries and also to capitalise on the rich repository of experiences of each other armies
|The exercise Vajra Prahar takes place alternately between the two countries – India and US|
|In 2021, it took place in India. In 2019, the Vajra Prahar exercise took place in Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Seattle (The US), while in 2018, it took place in Jodhpur, Rajasthan (India)|
|The joint military exercise Vajra Prahar between India and the US started off in 2010
Note: Between 2012 and 2015, the exercise Vajra Prahar did not take place. In 2020, Vajra Prahar did not take place.
Vajra Prahar – What are Special Forces?
The following points should be noted for Special Forces in India:
|The Indian Special Forces are trained for special operations|
|In the Indian military, there are three branches – Army, Navy and Air Force. These units have their own special forces –
|Armed Forces Special Operations Division is a tri-service command of the Indian Armed Forces which deputes small units of special forces of the three units of military|
|Special Group comes under Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) as the latter’s Special Forces|
|Vajra Prahar is an exercise involving Indian Army special forces which is Para Special Force|
|Para Special Force of the Indian Army was created in 1966|
Learn about internal security forces in India at the linked article.
Vajra Prahar List
The table below mentions the year and the location of the Vajra Prahar Exercises:
|Vajra Prahar Exercise||Year||Location|
|Vajra Prahar-III||2012||Did not take place|
|Vajra Prahar-IV||2013||Did not take place|
|Vajra Prahar-V||2014||Did not take place|
|Vajra Prahar-VI||2015||Did not take place|
|Vajra Prahar-X||2019||US (Seattle)|
|Vajra Prahar-XI||2021||US (Seattle)|
Check out all the important joint military exercises of India in the linked article.