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MILITARY EXERCISE “EX YUDH ABHYAS 2021”

MILITARY EXERCISE “EX YUDH ABHYAS 2021”

Context: The 17th edition of the Joint Military Training Exercise “Ex Yudh Abhyas 2021” between the Indian Army and the United States Army, is scheduled to take place from October 15 to 29, 2021 at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska in the USA.

About Ex Yudh Abhyas 2021:

  • It is a joint exercise between India and the USA.
  • The Indian contingent will consist of 350 personnel of an Infantry Battalion Group.
  • Exercise will also improve understanding, cooperation and collaboration between the two Armies.
  • The exercise will focus on Combined Arms Manoeuvres in cold climatic conditions and is aimed at sharing tactical level drills and learning best practices from each other.
  • According to the Ministry of Defence, the exercise will end after a 48-hour long validation.

Previous Version of the Exercise:

  • In February 2021, the previous version of the exercise was held at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges in Bikaner, Rajasthan.

About India-US Defence Cooperation:

India and the US participate in the following joint exercises apart from Yudh Abhyas:

  • Vajra Prahar (Special Forces)
  • Cope-India (Air Force)

Multilateral exercises that India and the US participate in are:

  • RED FLAG
  • RIMPAC
  • MALABAR

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