Indian Army's summer exercise in Rajasthan's deserts
With some of the frontline
fighter aircraft and other aerial assets from Indian Air Force
(IAF) providing support, Indian Army is all set to test its
desert warfare skills in the peak summer in Rajasthan.
Codenamed 'Exercise Shoorveer', the exercise is aimed at
validating the fighting skills of its troops during peak
summer, along with accuracy and lethality of its modern weapon
systems, Indian Army officials said here today.
"At present, the formations are practicing their battle
drills in designated training areas... A number of field
firings are being carried out to check the accuracy and
lethality of the weapon systems," they said.
The exercise will also provide a platform to validate new
concepts, modifications, armaments and logistics inducted by
the force in the last few years.
Defence Minister A K Antony will visit the exercise to
review the war games and interact with the troops and senior
"A large number of innovations and modifications carried
out by the Army units and formations to enhance their combat
power are being tested in the field", the officials said.
On participation of IAF, they said "the momentum of
training is gradually building up with the increased combat
tempo to set the stage for a major joint Army-Air Force
The exercise will culminate with Jaipur-based Sapta
Shakti Command along with IAF carrying out swift battle
manoeuvers and joint operations, they said.