New Delhi: Troops of Indian Armed Forces and Australian forces began their joint military exercise “AustraHind” on November 22 at Perth in Australia.
The contingent comprising of 81 personnel, including 60 from Indian Army, 20 from Indian Air Force and 1 from Indian Navy reached Perth on Wednesday.
The 14-day joint military exercise will aim to foster collaborative partnership and share best practices between the two sides.
From Indian Army, Gorkha Rifles is participating while troops of 13th Brigade from Australian Army are participating in the exercise.
The Australian contingent will include 20 personnel each from the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force.
Exercise AUSTRAHIND was instituted in 2022 and the first edition was conducted in Mahajan, Rajasthan.
It is planned to be an annual training event to be conducted alternatively in India and Australia.
The exercise will also promote inter- operability while undertaking multi-domain operations in Urban and Semi- Urban terrain under Chapter VII of United Nations on peace keeping operations.
The joint exercise will promote exchange of ideas and jointly rehearse tactics, technique and procedures for conducting tactical operations.
Training curriculum also includes sniper firing, and jointly operating surveillance and communication equipment to achieve a high degree of situational awareness.
Casualty management and evacuation will also be rehearsed besides tactical actions at Company/ Battalion level.
The exercise will also help in promoting understanding between the two militaries and further strengthen the defence cooperation between the two friendly nations.