Jaisalmer: The special forces of the Indian and Egyptian armies are undergoing their first-ever joint exercise named “Cyclone – I” at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. The exercise. which began on January 14, is aimed at to bolster defence cooperation between the two nations.
The wargame also focusses on sharing professional skills and interoperability of special forces in desert terrain while undertaking counterterrorism, reconnaissance, raids, and other special operations.
The 14-day-long exercise, which is being carried out in the deserts of Rajasthan, engages both the contingents to advance special forces skills such as sniping, combat freefall, reconnaissance, surveillance & target designation, sharing of information on weapons, equipment, innovations, tactics, techniques, and procedures.
The participants would also undertake joint planning and drills for special forces operations in a mechanised warfare setting as well as surgical strikes on terrorist camps and hideouts to include sniping of high-value targets.
The Indian Army said, “The joint exercise would provide an insight into the culture and ethos of both armies, thereby fostering military cooperation and interoperability to further strengthen the diplomatic relations between India and Egypt.”