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India-US Armies to hold mega military exercise “Yudh Abhyas” in Uttarakhand’s Auli

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The Indian Army and the US Army will conduct the 18th edition of the fortnight-long mega military exercise “Yudh Abhyas” from October 14 to 31, 2022, at Auli in Uttarakhand. The exercise is aimed at enhancing understanding, cooperation and interoperability between the two armies. The previous edition of the exercise took place in Alaska, the US, in October 2021.

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About the exercise:

  • The exercise is aimed at enhancing understanding, cooperation and interoperability between the armies of India and the US.
  • The “Yudh Abhyas” exercise is taking place in the backdrop of India’s lingering border row with China in eastern Ladakh.
  • The Indo-US defence ties have been on an upswing for the past few years.
  • In June 2016, the US designated India a “Major Defence Partner”.

Defence history of two countries:

  • The two countries have also inked key defence and security pacts over the past few years, including the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) in 2016 that allows their militaries to use each other’s bases for repair and replenishment of supplies as well as provides for deeper cooperation.
  • The two sides also signed the COMCASA (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement) in 2018 which provides for interoperability between the two militaries and provides for the sale of high-end technology from the US to India.
  • In October 2020, India and the US sealed the BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement) to further boost bilateral defence ties.
  • The pact provides for sharing of high-end military technology, logistics and geospatial maps between the two countries.

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