India, Indonesia to hold joint army exercise

ANew Delhi, March 8 (IANS) The fourth edition of India-Indonesia joint training exercise Garuda Shakti will be conducted from March 10 to 23 at Indonesia’s Magelang, an official statement said.

The exercise is aimed at building and promoting positive relations between the two armies, it said.

An Indian Army platoon strength contingent will carry out cross training with a platoon from the airborne battalion of the Indonesian Army. The selected Indian unit has had varied operational experience in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations in the northern, western and eastern theatres. It has been put through a rigorous training schedule to prepare it for the exercise which includes combat conditioning, firing, tactical operations, tactical skills and special heliborne operations training.

The exercise is conducted as part of military diplomacy between Indian and Indonesian Army alternatively in India and Indonesia respectively. The exercise is conducted on a reciprocal basis and its first edition was conducted in 2012 in India, the second in Indonesia in 2013 and third in India in 2014.

The operational part of the exercise commenced with individual armies training in respective countries and this would translate in exchange of expertise during the Joint Training Exercise in Indonesia.

The exercise will be conducted as joint counter-insurgency operations exercise in urban and rural scenario and encompass various facets of such operations.

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