With Malaysian counterparts, Indian soldiers learn forest survival techniques, battlecraft

Written by Sushant Kulkarni | Pune | Published: May 4, 2018 5:27:05 am

A joint training exercise called ‘Harimau Shakti’ has been underway in Malaysia from Tuesday.

A contingent of the Indian Army, which is in Malaysia for a joint military exercise in jungle warfare, has started its training with lessons in forest survival techniques and basics of battlecraft, as per the Malaysian Army’s doctrine. As part of Indo-Malaysian defence cooperation, a joint training exercise called ‘Harimau Shakti’ has been underway in Malaysia since Tuesday. The first half of the two-week exercise is being held at Wardieburn Camp in Kuala Lumpur, while the second half will be held in the forests of Sengai Perdik in Malaysia’s Hulu Langat region. India is being represented by officers and soldiers from 4 Grenadiers, a unit under the Southern Command, which has its headquarters in Pune.

During the exercise, both countries will share their expertise in conducting counter-insurgency operations in jungle terrain. “Insurgency is among the main challenges before the Indian Army, mainly in the northeast but also in other sectors. Though our soldiers and officers receive training at the Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School in Vairengte in Mizoram, there is a lot to learn from the Malaysian Army and the people…

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