Jaisalmer to host Army Scout Masters Competition

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New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) The International Army Scout Masters Competition, as a part of International Army Games, will be organised under the aegis of Konark Corps at Jaisalmer from 24 July to 17 August.

Defence Spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand said, “The event will witness participation of the Mechanised Infantry Scout Teams of eight countries, including Russia that is the founding member of this format of International Army Games”.

The Russian delegation, senior military and diplomatic dignitaries from participating countries who visited Jaisalmer Military Station were shown and briefed on the special training facilities created at Jaisalmer and Pokhran, the official said.

The visiting team of officials complimented organisers for creating the excellent infrastructure for the competition.

Lieutenant General Budyshkin Albert Alienvich, head of the Russian delegation, said India would provide the right opportunity for teams to excel and bring long-term tangible benefits to international military cooperation.

The International Army Scout Masters Competition will be conducted in five stages, which will test overall skills of Mechanised Infantry Scouts in simulated battle field scenarios. The combat skills will be adjudicated by a panel of international judges and referees.

The competition will showcase combat training and promote camaraderie among contestants, facilitate sharing of best practices as well as develop military and technical cooperation between participating nations.

India is conducting the Army Scout Masters Competition first time. Also, for the first time an Indian team will participate in the competition, Col Anand said.

–IANS

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