Army exercise in Punjab ends

May 6th, 2009 - 7:17 pm ICT by ANI  

Chandigarh, May 6 (ANI): The Indian Army concluded a major training exercise named ‘Hind Shakti’ today.

Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor referred to the exercise as another step in army’s continued endeavour to fine tune its strategy.

He also complimented the KHARGA Corps for its operational readiness, which he said, was of an exceptionally high order.

Lieutenant General TK Sapru also witnessed the 72-hour long exercise conducted in the Punjab plains from May 3.

The exercise focused on pulling to test its premier corps, the KHARGA Corps, in conduct of offensive tasks.

The exercise entailed participation by Mechanised and Re-organised Plains Infantry Division in a blitzkrieg type armoured incursion, emphasising rapid penetration into enemy territory.

The exercise included effective offensive support by air power and attack helicopters. Units of KHARGA Corps were also tested for their ability to undertake and sustain operational manoeuvres against intensive electronic and information warfare.

The condensed exercise was conducted over three days and nights.

The Blue Land troops achieved battlefield transparency gaining knowledge of enemy deployment through sustained and constant surveillance of the battle space.

They were constantly aided by satellite imagery, helicopter borne surveillance systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and ground-based surveillance resources such as Long Range Recce and observation system (LORROS), Battle field surveillance Radars (BFSRs) and Weapon Locating Radars (WLRs) apart from the human intelligence.

With greater situational awareness achieved, the manoeuvres were performed through air craft borne, heliborne and land troops in a highly effective manner.

During the course of the exercise, the operational efficiency of the most potent force of Indian Army was put to test in war like conditions.

Army successfully validated the capability of the KHARGA corps in network centric warfare, as also in a nuclear-biological-chemical warfare environment. (ANI)

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