13th Exercise Bold Kurukshetra: Important Facts
The 13th edition of Exercise Bold Kurukshetra, a bilateral armour exercise between the armies of India and Singapore, was conducted from March 6 to 13, 2023, at Jodhpur Military Station, India. This joint exercise aimed to enhance cooperation, build a common understanding of mechanised warfare, combat emerging threats and adapt to evolving technologies. It also provided an opportunity for both armies to exchange ideas and best practices in a modern combat zone.
Participation of Both Armies in a Command Post Exercise
The 2023 edition of the Exercise Bold Kurukshetra marked the first time that both armies participated in a command post exercise. It involved Battalion and Brigade level planning elements and computer wargaming. Soldiers from the 42nd Battalion, Singapore Armoured Regiment, and an Armoured Brigade of the Indian Army took part in the exercise. The joint training focused on developing interoperability through a computer simulation-based Wargame using joint operational and tactical procedures controlled through a joint command post.
Objectives of Exercise Bold Kurukshetra
The exercise aimed to foster a common understanding of mechanised warfare in emerging threats and evolving technologies. It provided both contingents with an opportunity to learn about each other’s operating drills and procedures, as well as exchange ideas and best practices being followed in a modern combat zone.
Exercise Bold Kurukshetra was conducted under the ambit of the bilateral arrangement for joint Army training and exercises between the Singapore Army and the Indian Army. It underscores the strong and long-standing bilateral defence relationship between Singapore and India and enhances cooperation between the two armies.
Importance of Bilateral Defence Relationship
The exercise highlights the importance of the bilateral defence relationship between Singapore and India. Both countries interact regularly through high-level visits, policy dialogues, courses, and other professional exchanges. The defence establishments of both countries have been working together to enhance their mutual cooperation in defence, security, and counter-terrorism.
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