A fourteen days joint training exercise “PRABAL DOSTYK – 2017” between the Indian Army and the Kazakhstan Army commenced today with the Opening Ceremony at Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh. The joint exercise is aimed at enhancing the military ties between the two countries as also at achieving interoperability between the two armies. The training contingents comprise of a platoon strength from 3rdBattalion of the 11thGorkha Rifles of the Indian Army and a similar strength of the Kazakhstan Army.Senior military observers of both the countries will also witness the validation phase of the joint exercise.
The aim of the joint exercise is to acquaint both forces with each other’s operating procedures in the backdrop of counter insurgency/ counter terrorism operations under UN mandate. The overall aim is to enhance the existing military relationship between the Indian Army and the Kazakhstan Army and achieve synergy for joint conduct of operation as and when the requirement arises.The Kazakhstan Army contingent landed at Gaggal Airport on 01 Nov 17. The exercise commenced with a grand opening ceremony on 02 Nov 17 that saw both the contingents gearing up for two weeks of intense training in counter insurgency/counter terrorist operations. Personnel of both contingents were hopeful of a fruitful learning experience and were sanguine that the two weeks of training would go a long way in enhancing ties not only between the two armies but also between the people of the two great nations.
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