Army to hold largest exercise `Shoorveer` in Rajas

Last Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 20:52

New Delhi: Army will deploy more than 200
tanks and over 20,000 troops in border state of Rajasthan for
one of its biggest-ever war games - Shoorveer - involving its
elite 1 Strike Corps and 10 Corps under the Jaipur-based South
Western Command.

The war game comes a few months after the Indian army held
exercise `Sudarshan Shakti` in Pokharan to validate its new
battle-fighting concepts developed after the transformation
studies carried under Gen V K Singh.

"The Army will be conducting an exercise in Rajasthan from
March to May 2012.
"All formations and units under the South Western Command
will participate to validate doctrines in a joint service
environment," Army spokesperson Colonel Jagdeep Dahiya said
here.

The exercise will be held in deserts of Bikaner and Shri
Ganganagar districts in Rajasthan.

"The exercise will be based on the Integrated Theatre
Battle Concept and will be one of the largest maneuvers
conducted so far.
"It will enable the army to validate its war fighting
concepts while working towards a `capability based approach`
relying on a series of transformational initiatives, concepts,
organizational structures and absorption of new age
technology," he said.

The Western and South Western Commands of the Indian Air
Force are also likely to deploy their frontline aircraft
including the Su-30MKI, Mirage 2000, Jaguars and the AWACs for
the wargame.

"The joint synergy will be enhanced by the active
participation of the IAF with the air assets of the Army and
the Air Force being employed in an integrated manner," Dahiya
said.

"Battlefield transparency and operational plans based on
real-time situational awareness will be enhanced using
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) inputs
from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, radars and satellites," he
added.

The troop and equipment mobilisation for the exercise has
already begun and "this will be followed by training at Unit
and Formation level and finally culminate into large scale
maneuvers.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 20:52

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