The 13th edition of the India-US joint special forces exercise Vajra Prahar 2022 concluded at Himachal Pradesh’s Bakloh. Special forces from the two countries participated in a 21-day joint training exercise. The joint training provided an opportunity for the forces from both nations to train in airborne operations, special operations and counter-terrorism operations in a joint environment under the United Nations Charter.
About the Exercise Vajra Prahar:
Exercise Vajra Prahar, with the US Special Forces, is significant in terms of security challenges faced by both nations in the backdrop of the current global situation. This annual exercise is hosted alternatively between India and the United States. The 12th edition was conducted in Washington, the USA in October 2021.
How many phases of the exercise were conducted?
The exercise was conducted in two phases – the first phase involved combat conditioning and tactical level special missions training exercises and the second phase included 48 hours of validation of the training received by both contingents in the first phase.
Aim of the exercise:
Both contingents expressed immense satisfaction with the outcomes of the exercise, in terms of the standards achieved and sharing of best practices. The two contingents undertook joint training, planning and execution of a series of mock operations in simulated conventional and unconventional scenarios in mountainous terrain. The joint military exercise has further strengthened the traditional bond of friendship between the special forces of both nations as well as improved bilateral defence cooperation between India and the US.