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Africa-India field training exercise AFINDEX-23 to be held in Pune

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AFINDEX-23 Exercise

The Africa-India Field Training Exercise (AFINDEX-2023) has begun with the participation of 100 participants from 23 African countries, including Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Zambia, among others. The exercise aims to improve interoperability and operational readiness for UN peacekeeping missions, and focuses on Humanitarian Mine Action and Peace Keeping Operations. The joint exercise is divided into four phases, including training of trainers, a Humanitarian Mine Action and Peace Keeping Operations Phase, and a validation exercise to assess the results of the training. The exercise seeks to enhance peace and security, exchange ideas, and promote a collaborative approach in capacity enhancement of African armies. Tactical drills, procedures, and the ability to operate jointly with seamless interoperability are the primary focus of the joint exercise.

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History of the (AFINDEX-2023) exercise:

The joint military exercise between India and 23 nations of the African continent, AFINDEX-2023, is a continuation of India’s efforts to enhance its relationship with Africa, which began with the India-Africa Summit in 2008 and was subsequently held in 2015 and 2019. The exercise is focused on Humanitarian Mine Action and Peace Keeping Operations, with the aim of improving the interoperability and operational readiness of the participating countries for UN peacekeeping missions through military engagement and cooperation.

The Africa-India Field Training Exercise (AFINDEX-2023) is divided into four phases, starting with training for the trainers, followed by phases dedicated to Humanitarian Mine Action and Peace Keeping Operations. The exercise concludes with a validation phase that assesses the training results. The joint exercise emphasizes tactical drills, procedures, and interoperability to enable seamless joint operations. The practical aspects of the theme-based training will be brought out through situational-based discussions and tactical exercises, enabling participants to understand and practice validated drills and procedures.

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