40,000 Indian Army troops to conduct massive exercise in Rajasthan

Pune, October 22, 2019: The Indian Army’s Southern Command headquartered in Pune, with its key strike formation Sudarshan Chakra Corps will conduct its largest Military Exercise since 2015 “Sindhu Sudarshan” in the deserts of Rajasthan from 29 November to 04 December 2019 to evaluate the capability of the Defence Services to strike deep into enemy territory in an integrated air – land battle.

The Exercise underscores Indian Army’s resolve to implement the integrated launch of Strike Corps in developed and desert terrain in consonance with its enunciated pro-active strategy using Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs) along the Western Front.

The Exercise will witness more than 40,000 troops in an all arms battle array of Divisions and Brigades carrying out offensive operations in deserts. This will provide the unique opportunity to employ entire mechanized formations consisting of Tanks and Infantry Combat Vehicles in order to evaluate the capability to strike deep along Western Borders.

The two month long Exercise will witness the Army assessing the operational efficiency of the Strike Corps to fight in the desert terrain and the Indian Air Force (IAF) to provide intimate support in terms of destruction of targets and air lifting troops.

Unique in scope and scale, the Exercise will simulate battlefield conditions and focus on fine tuning surveillance and destruction mechanisms to support precision strikes and manoeuvres by network enabled forces.

The Exercise showcasing a high degree of synergy between the Army and Air Force will be reviewed by Lieutenant General SK Saini,Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Veshisht Seva Medal, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command for validation of operational procedures in deserts.