- The aim behind “Exercise Sampriti”, which will be conducted from November 6 to 18, is to enhance interoperability between the two armies
- The two armies will also hold a joint training capsule on anti-terror operations from November 13 to December 10 at the Danapur Cantonment in Bihar
The Indian and Bangladeshi armies are all set to hold an intensive combat exercise at the Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School at Vairengte in Mizoram from next week as part of the overall policy to bolster bilateral military ties.
The aim behind “Exercise Sampriti”, which will be conducted from November 6 to 18, is to enhance interoperability between the two armies while conducting counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in a semi-mountainous jungle terrain.
“Sampriti will include a field training exercise at Vairengte, which will include heli-borne operations and neutralization of IEDs, and a command post exercise called Milap at the Umroi cantonment in Meghalaya,” said an officer.
Interestingly, the two armies will also hold a joint training capsule on anti-terror operations from November 13 to December 10 at the Danapur Cantonment in Bihar. “The capsule’s main aim will to be train junior commanders of the Bangladesh Army in effectively handling such operations,” he added.
The Indian armed forces, seeking closer cooperation on the counter-terrorism front, are working towards “building capacity” of the Bangladesh military, which ranges from training and exercises to military supplies and defence technologies. Bangladesh, of course, is another country in India’s neighbourhood where China has made some strategic inroads over the last several years.
India, for instance, provides 90 vacancies for different courses in its military establishments and academies for the Bangladeshi armed forces every year. There is also a tailor-made training programme for 100 Bangladeshi soldiers at the Mechanized Infantry Regimental Centre at Ahmednagar in Maharashtra.
Moreover, the Indian Army, Navy and IAF hold regular staff-level talks with their Bangladeshi counterparts. India, for instance, has been holding direct Army-to-Army staff talks with Bangladesh since 2009 to chalk out the cooperation between the two forces in the years ahead.
Similarly, the bilateral naval cooperation has been traditionally strong, encompassing a wide span to include operational interactions through training, port calls, passage exercises along with “capability building and capacity augmentation initiatives”. The Bangladeshi Navy is also the present chair of the Indian Ocean Symposium (IONS), which is a multilateral maritime cooperation platform launched by the Indian Navy.
By: Times of India