The bilateral training exercise “Austra Hind 22” between contingents of the Australian Army and the Indian Army is taking place at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges, Rajasthan.
The exercise started on November 28 and will continue till December 11.
According to the Indian Ministry of Defence, this is the first exercise in the series of ‘Austra Hind’ with the participation of all arms and services contingent from both armies. The Australian Army contingent comprising soldiers from the 13th Brigade of the 2nd Division has arrived at the exercise location.
The Indian Army is represented by troops from the DOGRA Regiment.
Exercise “Austra Hind” will be a yearly event that will be conducted alternately in India and Australia.
The aim of the exercise is to build positive military relations, imbibe each other’s best practices and promote the ability to operate together while undertaking multi-domain operations in Semi deserts terrain under a UN peace enforcement mandate, said the Indian Defence Ministry statement.
This joint exercise will enable the two armies to share best practices in tactics, techniques and procedures for conducting tactical operations at Company and Platoon level for neutralising hostile threats.
Training on new generation equipment and specialist weapons including snipers, surveillance and communication equipment to achieve a high degree of situational awareness apart from casualty management, casualty evacuation and planning logistics at the Battalion/Company level is also planned, the statement added.
During the exercise participants will engage in a variety of tasks ranging from joint planning, joint tactical drills, sharing basics of special arms skills and raiding a hostile target.
The joint exercise, besides promoting understanding and interoperability between the two armies, will further help in strengthening ties between India and Australia.