India, US joint special forces exercise begins in Himachal's Bakloh

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The thirteenth Edition of the Indo-US Joint Special Forces exercise “Ex Vajra Prahar 2022” started at the Special Forces Training School at Bakloh of Himachal Pradesh on 8 August.

Important facts

  • The Vajra Prahar series of joint exercises aims to share best practices and experiences in areas like- joint mission planning and operational strategy and it will improve inter-operability between the special forces of the two nations.

  • This annual exercise is conducted alternately between India and the United States.

  • The 12th edition was held in October 2021 at Joint Base Lewis McCord, Washington, USA.

  • The US contingent is represented by personnel from the Special Forces Group (SFG) and the US Special Forces Special Tactics Squadron (STS).

  • India is represented by the Indian Army contingent of Special Forces personnel under the aegis of SFTS.

Significance of the Joint Exercise 

  • This is an important step towards strengthening the traditional bond of friendship between the special forces of the two countries.

  • It will improve bilateral defence cooperation between India and the US.

  • During the next 21 days, teams of both the armies will jointly train, plan and execute a series of special operations, counter terrorist operations, aerial operations in mountainous terrain.

India - US Defence Cooperation

  • India-US defence ties have been getting stronger over the past few years.

  • In June 2016, the US designated India as a "major defence partner".

  • The two countries have signed major defence and security agreements including the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) over the years.

  • In 2018, COMCASA (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement) was signed between India and US.

  • This allows for interoperability between the two armies and paves the way for the sale of high-end technology from the US to India.

  • In the year 2020, BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement) was signed to further boost bilateral defence ties.

  • It provides for sharing of high-end military technology, logistics and geospatial maps between India and US.

Other Exercises of India with the USA


  • Cope India (Air Force)

  • Red Flag (USA’s multilateral air exercise)

  • Malabar Exercise (trilateral naval exercise of three countries India, USA and Japan)

Kindly see 4 August post also

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