New Delhi: Lt Gen SK Saini, vice-chief of the Army staff, will visit the United States for three days between October 17 and 20. The aim of the visit is to enhance military cooperation between the armies of both the countries.
The VCOAS will visit the US Army Pacific Command (USARPRAC), the army component of Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) and exchange ideas extensively with the military leadership apart from witnessing training and equipment capabilities of US army. Later, he will also visit INDOPACOM where aspects of military cooperation and furthering military to military engagement including procurements, training in niche domains, joint exercises and capability building will be discussed.
The visit will further enhance the operational and strategic collaboration between the two armies, which is emphasized by the fact India is participating in two joint exercises – Yudh Abhyas (February 2021) and Vajra Prahar (March 2021) – with the US despite Covid-19 restrictions.