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