Chandigarh: In a spectacular display of military might, Kharga Corps conducted swift mechanised manoeuvres encompassing all arms and services in a battlefield environment in the plains of Punjab.
The exercise called `Panchjanya` which began on May 21 was conducted by Army`s Western Command, headquartered at Chandimandir, near here, with an aim of validating the battle readiness and operational effectiveness of Army and the Air Force as part of `Integrated Theatre Battle` concept.
The entire spectrum of new generation of equipment, including major weapon platforms, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Communications systems were put to test in a network centric battlefield environment, a defence release issued in Chandigarh said.
"New challenges of Cyber Security and Information Warfare in modern day battlefield were also tested and validated during this exercise," it also said.
The exercise also witnessed display of seamless integration of Army and Air Force where troops were inserted using third dimension, Remotely Piloted Vehicles (RPVs) used to enhance battlefield transparency and Attack Helicopters employed to complement the ground operations, the release said.
The exercise gave an excellent exposure to all participating commanders and troops in planning and conduct of large scale operations in an Integrated Theatre environment.
The exercise was witnessed by Lieutenant General Sanjiv Chachra, General Officer Commanding-in- Chief, Western Command and his staff.
The Army Commander expressed satisfaction over the battle readiness of Kharga Corps and complimented all ranks for their high standards of training and motivation, release said.