Major ‘built-in’ military exercise underway along western front to hone combat skills | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With built-in theatre instructions on the anvil within the nation, the Army is conducting a serious combat exercise with different forces along the western border in Gujarat and Rajasthan to take a look at new ideas and doctrines for wars of the longer term.
The theatre-stage “Dakshin Shakti” exercise, which incorporates over 30,000 troops from the Army, Navy, IAF, Coast Guard, BSF and intelligence companies, has led to the “activation of the entire desert, Rann and Creek sectors”. The stress through the combat manoeuvres is on the use of new weapon methods and applied sciences with an “integrated approach” to struggle-combating.
“It’s the largest exercise since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s designed to validate new concepts and doctrines for integration of the armed forces and border guarding forces in the backdrop of the impending theaterisation process,” a senior officer stated on Tuesday.
“This is the first time that an effective punch of a field training exercise has been packed in the response mechanism which functions under a robust Central Operation Room (COR) comprising troops of multiple forces and geared towards protection of the Kutch Peninsula,” he added.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh will evaluate the exercise at Jaisalmer on November 26. As half of the overarching “Dakshin Shakti”, a multi-company drill “Sagar Shakti” was performed within the Creek sector of the Kutch Peninsula from November 19 to 22, which additionally noticed the participation of the Gujarat state police, marine police and fisheries division.
“The exercise involved insertion of troops and manoeuvres by multiple forces in all three dimensions in an integrated manner. Comprehensive coordination incorporating contemporary technologies in a multi-domain environment, real-time communication, and sharing of operational data to overcome emerging threats were practiced and honed amongst the participants,” stated one other officer.

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