Exercise 'Vijayee Bhava' to boost synergy between armed forces

New Delhi, May 9 (ANI): A six-day joint exercise of the Indian Army and the Air Force has started on Monday in the deserts of Bikaner and Suratgarh near the Pakistan border in order to boost the synergy between the defence forces.

Exercise 'Vijayee Bhava' (blessed to win) is the first amongst a series of Western Command routine annual summer exercises.

'Vijayee Bhava' will involve tank-to-tank wars, helicopter operations and others. Personnel from both the services had been practising for the past 15 days for the drill.

Battlefield tactics for warfare are being practised in the exercise that also aims at fine-tuning the concept of Cold Start doctrine.

The manoeuvres are being conducted in North Rajasthan to test the operational and transformational effectiveness of the Ambala based Kharga Corps as well as validate new concepts which have emerged during the transformation studies undertaken by the Army.

The Indian Army, which is working towards a 'capability based approach', has embarked on a series of transformational initiatives spanning concepts, organisational structures and absorption of new age technologies, particularly in the fields of precision munitions, advance surveillance systems, space and network-centricity.

During the conduct of the exercise, combat decisions taken at each level of command will be analysed for their ability to synergise the application of state-of-the-art weapon platforms, to achieve optimum results. Such routine exercises with troops are conducted during the training cycles of formations.

According to the Army, it conducted 10 major exercises near the Pakistan border in the last six years. (ANI)