Army prepares for future conflict with largest summer wargame

The Army`s largest summer wargame in recent years on Saturday concluded in the Rajasthan deserts along the borders with Pakistan, showcasing its ability to inflict maximum damage on enemy targets in shortest possible time.

Last Updated: May 08, 2010, 15:49 PM IST

New Delhi: The Army`s largest summer wargame in recent years on Saturday concluded in the Rajasthan deserts along the borders with Pakistan, showcasing its ability to inflict
maximum damage on enemy targets in shortest possible time.

The elite 1 `Strike` Corps participated in the exercise named `Yodha Shakti` that exhibited the resolve and the capability of the Indian Army to operate in most hostile weather conditions to achieve decisive victory for the nation, an Army spokesperson said in a press statement.

The final phase of the exercise was witnessed by Army
Chief General VK Singh along with South Western Army
Commander Lt Gen CKS Sabu, and a large number of senior
officers of the Army and Air Force.

Army`s Southern and Western Commanders and Western Air
Command and South Western Air Command chiefs too were present
on the occasion.

Corps Commander Lt Gen AK Singh briefed the Army Chief
on the operational readiness, new concepts which were tried
and the optimisation of force multipliers.

The Army Chief also interacted with the rank and file of
the Strike Corps and expressed his appreciation on their high
standard of professionalism, training and motivation.

`Yodha Shakti` fused the synergy of all arms and services
of the Army and the land-air synergy between the Army and the
Air Force essential for conducting mechanised predominant
operations deep inside enemy territory.

"The operations were executed with overwhelming momentum
and tempo. State-of-the-art technology provided the cutting
edge. The induction of night vision capabilities in the
mechanised forces enables a 24/7 dynamic operational
capability," the spokesperson said.

The Army Chiefs and other senior officials also witnessed
operational manoeuvres including the mechanised forces
predominant attack, heliborne operations behind the `enemy`
lines, airborne drop by paratroopers and multiple manoeuvres
by the mechanised forces and attack helicopters in the
operational depth with intense synergy and integration between
the Army and Air Force.

The aerial re-supply to the armoured division deep inside
enemy territory provided it with requisite logistics surge
capability for enhanced operational reach, the release said.

"As a reflection of the leadership ethos of the Indian
Army, the para drop was led by Army Vice Chief Lt Gen P
Bhardwaj, a highly experienced and decorated Para Officer,"
the spokesperson said.

The Army Chief expressed satisfaction at the meaningful
training conducted to prepare for the future security
challenges to the nation and complimented the operational
readiness of the troops that will enable it to achieve a
decisive victory in any future conflict, he added.

PTI