Indian and US armies started a two week long battalion level exercise Yudh Abhyas (Practice of War) in state of Uttarakhand in Northern India on Sunday.
First Infantry Battalion and 23rd Infantry Regiment of US Army is participating in the exercise while Indian side is also represented by an infantry battalion.
The exercise is aimed at honing the tactical and technical skills of both the armies in countering insurgency and terrorism in a UN peace keeping scenario involving a combined deployment at a brigade level.
Indian army said in a statement that state of the art equipment for surveillance and tracking, specialist weapons for close quarter battle with terrorists, explosive and improvised explosive device detectors, as well as the latest communication equipment will be used by both the sides.
“Both sides will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well developed tactical drills for neutralisation of likely threats that may be encountered in UN peace keeping operations during division level command post exercise,” said Indian Army.