Camp Bundela, Babina, India: India and the United States have concluded the largest-ever army exercise conducted by both nations which involved an impressive array of tanks, combat vehicles, anti-tank missiles and even Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Happy US commanders sent out signals that both the armed forces were ready for joint counter-insurgency and anti-terror operations in battle conditions in the future.
"We will be comfortable going with the Indian Army anywhere, anytime. We want to work together as militaries and ensure peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region," US Army commander (Pacific) Lt Gen Benjamin R Mixon told reporters here.
|Photo credit : Staff Sgt. Crista Yazzie, US Army, Pacific, Public Affairs|
Queried about the possibility of joint operations in war zones, for example in Afghanistan, he said that would be a call the Indian government would have to take.
Indian Army's director general military operations Lt Gen AS Sekhon, clarified that ''...this exercise is not targeting anybody or any nation, or for any specific contingency. We cannot be using this kind of force in peace-keeping operations.
The exercise was conducted at the Indian Army's training range at Babina, near Jhansi, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, about 275 miles southeast of New Delhi, and lasted two weeks.