Joint Military Exercise MITRA SHAKTI-2023 Kicks Off

The ninth edition of the Joint Military exercise “Exercise MITRA SHAKTI-2023” has officially commenced in Aundh (Pune), running from 16th to 29th November 2023. The exercise brings together the Indian and Sri Lankan armed forces for collaborative training and strategic cooperation.


The 120-strong Indian contingent is primarily composed of troops from the MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY Regiment, reflecting India’s commitment to the exercise. The Sri Lankan side is represented by personnel from the 53 Infantry Division. Additionally, 15 members from the Indian Air Force and five from the Sri Lankan Air Force are actively participating in the exercise.

Objective and Focus Areas

The primary aim of Exercise MITRA SHAKTI-2023 is to jointly rehearse Sub Conventional operations under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter. The exercise scope includes:

  • Counter-Terrorist Operations: Both sides will practice tactical actions, including raid, search and destroy missions, and heliborne operations.
  • Specialized Training: Army Martial Arts Routine (AMAR), combat reflex shooting, and Yoga are integral components of the exercise curriculum.

Technological Integration

The exercise incorporates the use of advanced technologies, including Drones and Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems, alongside helicopters. The joint drills will focus on securing helipads and executing casualty evacuation procedures during counter-terrorist operations.

Interoperability and Risk Reduction

Collective efforts during Exercise MITRA SHAKTI-2023 aim to achieve an enhanced level of interoperability among the troops. This strategic alignment seeks to reduce risks to life and property while prioritizing the interests and agenda of the United Nations during peacekeeping operations.

Mutual Learning and Defense Cooperation

The exercise provides a platform for both sides to exchange views and practices on a wide spectrum of combat skills. Sharing best practices fosters a higher level of defense cooperation between the Indian Army and Sri Lankan Army, contributing to the mutual growth of military capabilities.

Strengthening Bilateral Relations

Exercise MITRA SHAKTI-2023 not only enhances defense capabilities but also serves as a diplomatic tool to strengthen bilateral relations between India and Sri Lanka. The collaborative effort reflects the commitment of both nations to regional stability and security.



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