The bilateral training exercise “AUSTRA HIND 22” between contingents of the Indian and the Australian Army is scheduled to take place at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges (Rajasthan) from 28 November to 11 December.
Exercise “AUSTRA HIND” will be a yearly event that will be conducted alternatively in India and Australia.
This is the first exercise in the series of AUSTRA HIND with the participation of all arms and services contingent from both armies. The Australian Army contingent comprising soldiers from the 13th Brigade of the 2nd Division has arrived at the exercise location. The Indian Army is represented by troops from the DOGRA Regiment.
According to the Ministry of Defence, the “Aim of the exercise is to build positive military relations, imbibe each other’s best practices and promote the ability to operate together while undertaking multi-domain operations in Semi deserts terrain under a UN peace enforcement mandate.”
It further stated, “This joint exercise will enable the two armies to share best practices in tactics, techniques, and procedures for conducting tactical operations at Company and Platoon level for neutralising hostile threats.”
Training on new generation equipment and specialist weapons including snipers, surveillance & communication equipment to achieve a high degree of situational awareness apart from casualty management, casualty evacuation, and planning logistics at the Battalion / Company level are also planned.
During the exercise, participants will engage in a variety of tasks ranging from joint planning, joint tactical drills, sharing basics of special arms skills, and raiding a hostile target.
The joint exercise, besides promoting understanding and interoperability between the two armies, will further help in strengthening ties between India and Australia.