India,US to hold mega military exercise in Uttarakhand's Auli in October

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India and the US will conduct the 18th edition of the 'Yudh Abhyas' series from October 14 to 31 in Auli, Uttarakhand.

Important facts

  • The exercise is aimed at enhancing understanding, cooperation and interoperability between the two armies.

  • The previous edition of the exercise was held in Alaska, USA in October last year. 

  • The exercise is being conducted in the backdrop of rapidly changing situations in the Indo-Pacific.

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)

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