Indian Armed Forces Contingent Heads for Joint Military Exercise AUSTRAHIND-23

An Indian Armed Forces contingent comprising 81 personnel has departed for Australia to participate in the second edition of the Joint Military Exercise AUSTRAHIND-23. The exercise is scheduled to take place in Perth, Australia, from November 22 to December 6. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) highlighted that the joint exercise aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas and the joint rehearsal of tactics, techniques, and procedures for tactical operations.

Training Objectives and Curriculum

The exercise’s training curriculum includes various aspects such as sniper firing, joint operation of surveillance and communication equipment to enhance situational awareness, casualty management, evacuation procedures, and tactical actions at Company/Battalion levels. The joint exercise is expected to strengthen understanding and cooperation between the Indian and Australian militaries.

Promoting Defense Cooperation

The MoD emphasized that the exercise serves to promote collaborative partnerships, share best practices, and enhance interoperability between the two armed forces. The participants will engage in multi-domain operations in urban and semi-urban terrains, aligning with Chapter VII of the United Nations on peacekeeping operations.

Composition of the Contingent

The Indian Army contingent consists of 60 personnel from a Battalion of the GORKHA Rifles. Additionally, one officer from the Indian Navy and 20 personnel from the Indian Air Force will participate. On the Australian side, the contingent comprises 60 personnel from the 13th Brigade, with 20 members each from the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force.

Annual Training Event

Exercise AUSTRAHIND was established in 2022, and the inaugural edition took place in Mahajan, Rajasthan, India. It is designed to be an annual training event alternately conducted in India and Australia, fostering ongoing cooperation and understanding between the armed forces of the two friendly nations.



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