India, US joint special forces exercise begins in Himachal's Bakloh
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.
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
VAJRA PRAHAR (Army)
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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