The inaugural edition of the India-Saudi Arabia joint military exercise commences in the deserts of Rajasthan
Aligned with the consistent effort to strengthen military ties with Gulf nations, India kicks off the first edition of the “Sada Tanseeq” military exercise with Saudi Arabia on Monday. This joint exercise is scheduled to run until February 10 at the Mahajan Ranges in Rajasthan. The drill involves contingents from the Royal Saudi Land Forces and a battalion from the Brigade of the Guards (mechanized infantry) of the Indian Army.
“The Saudi Arabian contingent comprising 45 personnel is being represented by Royal Saudi Land Forces. The Indian Army contingent, also comprising of 45 personnel, is being represented by a battalion from the Brigade of the Guards (Mechanised Infantry),” the Defence Ministry said in a statement.
The aim of the exercise is to train troops of both sides for joint operations in semi-desert terrain under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, it said. The exercise will “facilitate developing interoperability, bonhomie and camaraderie between troops from both sides,” the statement said. It will enable both sides to “share their best practices in the tactics, techniques, and procedures of conducting operations in the sub-conventional domain”.
It will involve the establishment of mobile vehicle check post, cordon and search operation, house intervention drill, reflex shooting, slithering and sniper firing. The exercise will provide an opportunity for both the contingents to strengthen their bond, the statement said.
The statement said, “It will act as a platform to achieve shared security objectives, enhance the level of defence cooperation, and foster bilateral relations between the two friendly nations. “