Indian Army participating in a joint exercise with American troops Credit: File photo

Aizawl: The Indian Army will conduct three strategically important military exercises with Russia, United States and Japan in the next couple of months to maintain its pace and balance with these nations.

The first such exercise will be conducted with Japan for the first time following talks between the defence ministries of the two nations in August this year. This exercise will be known as ‘Dharma-Guardian 2018’.

The joint army exercise will be conducted at the Counter-Insurgency Warfare School in Vairengte, Mizoram between November 1 and 14. The Indian Army’s troops participating in the exercise will be from the 6/1 Gorkha Rifles while the Japanese contingent will consist of troops from the 32 Infantry Regiment.

The Indian Army then will be participating in another exercise with the Russian troops at Babina in Uttar Pradesh where the 5th Mechanised Infantry will be participating in the joint exercise to be held from November 16 to 29.

Following the training with Russian troops, India Army will then participate in a joint exercise with the American troops from November 19 to December 2 at Mahajan in Rajasthan where both the countries will train in counter terrorism skills. The training will involve the participation of the Special Forces.

With the three joint exercises, India is looking to deepen its strategic ties and better defence cooperation with the nations.

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