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Six-day Indian Army, Air Force joint exercise kicks off

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, May 9, IRNA -- A six-day long joint exercise of the Army and the Air Force commenced on Monday in the deserts of Bikaner and Suratgarh near Pakistan border in Rajasthan state.

'Vijayee Bhava' (Achieve Victory), the May 9-14 inter-services exercise, involves tank to tank wars, helicopter operations and others.

'This 6 day long exercise envisages sustained massed mechanised manoeuvres in a simulated environment by composite combat entities, ably supported by air and complemented by a wide array of weapon systems and enabling combat logistics,' pti reported quoting Defence spokesperson S D Goswami as said.

According to the Army, it has conducted 10 major exercises near the Pakistan border in the last six years and this exercise will boost synergy between the Indian defence forces.

'Battlefield tactics for warfare are being practised in the exercise which also aims at fine-tuning the concept of Cold Start doctrine,' an official said.

Cold Start was a military doctrine developed by the Indian Armed Forces in 2004 and involves joint operations between the three main services Army, Navy, and Air Force.

The Indian Army, which is working towards a ‘capability based approach’, has embarked on a series of transformational initiatives comprising concepts, organisational structures and absorption of cutting-edge technologies, particularly in the fields of precision munitions and advance surveillance systems.

The thrust of the transformational initiative is for the Army to emerge as a modern, lean, agile and enabled force.

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