New Delhi: Harimau Shakti, the annual military training exercise between India and Malaysia commenced at Pulai, Kluang, Malaysia, on November 28. The two-week Harimaiu Shakti – 2022 drill will culminate on December 12.
India and Malaysia conducted the first edition of this annual military drill in 2012.
In this year’s edition, the Indian Army will be represented by battle-hardened troops of the Garhwal Rifles regiment while its Malaysian counterpart will be represented by the Royal Malay Regiment.
This year’s focus of the training would be to enhance the interoperability between the two armies in planning and execution of various operations in jungle terrain. The scope of this exercise involves a command planning exercise (CPX) at the battalion and company level and field training exercise (FTX) on sub-conventional operations in jungle terrain.
Exercise #HarimauShakti 2022#IndianArmy & #MalaysianArmy troops practised operations in jungle terrain during the cross-training phase of the joint exercise #HarimauShakti 2022.#IndiaMalaysiaFriendship@TenteraDarat pic.twitter.com/3EarksLu2y— Western Command - Indian Army (@westerncomd_IA) November 30, 2022
The event’s schedule also includes the establishment of a joint command post, joint surveillance centre, sharing expertise in employment of aerial assets, technical demonstrations, casualty management, and casualty evacuation, apart from planning logistics at the battalion level. Joint field training exercises, joint combat discussions and joint demonstrations will culminate with a two-day validation exercise, where special emphasis will be on enhancing tactical skills and enhancing inter-operability between the forces and to promote army to army relations.
Exercise Harimau Shakti is designed to enhance the level of defence cooperation between Indian and the Malaysian armies, which in turn will further foster the bilateral relations between the two nations.
Note: Story updated at 9.40pm, Thursday, 2022, with tweets related to Harimau Shakti – 2022 embedded.