ilitary forces of India and Kazakhstan would jointly hold a training exercise by month-end at a training node in Kazakhstan, the Ministry of Defence informed on Wednesday.
Named KAZIND-21, the exercise scheduled from August 30 to September 11, will be the fifth edition of the joint training and aims at boosting bilateral relations between the two nations.
While the Indian Army contingent, represented by a battalion of the Bihar Regiment consisting of 90 personnel led by a Contingent Commander will take part in the exercise, the Kazakhstan Army will be represented by a company group.
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The Ministry said that the exercise will provide an opportunity to train for counter-insurgency/terrorism operations in hilly terrain and rural scenarios.
“The exercise will provide an opportunity to the Armed Forces of India & Kazakhstan to train for Counter Insurgency/ Counter Terrorism operation in the mountainous, rural scenario under UN mandate. The scope of Joint Exercise includes professional exchange, planning & execution of the operation in Counterterrorism environment at sub-unit level and sharing expertise on skills at arms, combat shooting and experiences in Counter Insurgency/ Counter-Terrorism operations. The exercise will culminate after a 48 hours long validation exercise which will involve a scenario of neutralization of terrorists in a semi-rural hideout,” the statement by the Defence Ministry read.
The Ministry believes that exercise will strengthen confidence, interoperability and enable sharing of best practices between the armed forces of India and Kazakhstan.