In a bid to sharpen their capabilities and learn skills from each other Indian and Uzbek soldiers will participate in counter-terror operation drills so as to enhance their respective capabilities. The drill will start from March 21 in Chaubatia near Ranikhet in Uttarakhand.
The joint exercise will be in line with the Jammu and Kashmir terror operation situation, which will be created in Chaubatia. Armies of both nations will then try to develop their combat skills to face a real-life situation in the future.
The Uzbekistan Army contingent has already arrived in Delhi on Monday morning.
“The settings at Chaubatia will be as close to operations in Kashmir,” said a source.
This is not the first time that such a drill is taking place between the two countries. Called Dustlik, this is the second edition of the drill. The first exercise took place in November 2019 near Tashkent in Uzbekistan.
The main objective is to carry out joint counter-terror operations in a mountainous rural and urban scenario.
Some of the highlights of this joint drill will be—Special Forces tracking techniques, slithering operations from helicopters and intelligence-based surgical strikes, and surveillance through a hi-tech command post.
Soldiers of both nations will take home some invaluable techniques from the exercise. It will also have a module wherein the military personnel would learn from each other how to dodge collateral damage in built-up or residential areas where counter-terror operators happen.
For example, forces in Kashmir have to work a lot to avoid collateral damage further saving themselves from hostile situations like stone-pelting.
The Indian Army will be represented by 13 Kumaon known as the Rezang La battalion. This regiment is better known for its heroics in the battle of Rezang La in the 1962 war with China.
The growing military relations with Uzbekistan are part of military diplomacy considering its connectivity to Afghanistan and Iraq, which is vital for India to tackle Pakistan and also in the wake of China’s Belt and Road Initiatives.