With 40,000 troops, Army exercise in Thar desert assesses capability to strike at enemy territory

The exercise is being conducted in Thar desert by demarcating an imaginary international border. (Express)

IN a clear message to Pakistan, the Sudarshan Chakra Corps of Indian Army’s Southern Command is conducting one of the biggest military exercises in Thar desert to assess the capabilities to strike across the border deep in enemy territory in the Western theatre. The exercise is aptly named Sindhu Sudarshan, signifying the target of reaching Sindhu river.

The two-month-long exercise Sindhu Sudarshan, which is now in its last leg, comprises 40,000 troops in an ‘all arms’ battle. The term ‘all-arm’ signifies units of rocket launchers, artillery guns, armoured vehicles, infantry and army air defence acting as one battle group and striking into enemy territory with close support of the Air Force. The exercise is being conducted in Thar desert by demarcating an imaginary international border, where deployment of enemy is enacted by a section of troops.

“While the exercise has given us an opportunity to assess our own capabilities, it is undoubtedly a message for the adversaries about our preparedness and resolve. The performance of the battle groups is assessed at every level in order to further improve the battle-readiness of our formations,” said an Army officer.

Officials also explained that one of the key features of the exercise is that the surveillance, destruction and support mechanisms are interconnected in a network.

The exercise also…

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