Mitra Shakti 2023 Military Exercise

The military exercise ‘Mitra Shakti 2023’ between the armies of India and Sri Lanka is taking place in Pune. Soldiers of both the countries have jointly participated in this military exercise. The armies of both the countries will practice missions like raids, search and destroy targets and operations conducted by helicopters etc. The ninth edition of this exercise will be conducted in Aundh, Pune from 16 to 29 November. Along with 120 military personnel of the Indian contingent, 15 and 5 personnel of Indian and Sri Lankan Air Force respectively are also participating in this exercise.

The purpose of the exercise is to jointly rehearse sub-conventional operations under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which authorizes the Security Council to take enforcement measures, including the use of military force, to deal with threats to international peace and security .

Objective of Mitra Shakti 2023 War Exercise

The main purposes of Charter 7 of the United Nations are to prevent war, protect human rights, maintain the international legal process, promote social and economic development, improve standards of living, and provide treatments to cure diseases. In such a situation, if any separated or independent country needs help, or needs military help, then any neighboring country can go to help it. The scope of the exercise includes coordinating joint responses during counter-terrorism operations. Both sides will practice tactical operations like raids, search and destroy missions, heliborne operations etc. Besides this, Army Martial Arts Routine (AMAR), Combat Reflex Shooting and Yoga are also part of the exercise curriculum.

Technological Integration

The exercise involves the use of advanced technologies including helicopters as well as drones and counter unmanned aerial systems. The joint exercise will focus on securing helipads and executing casualty evacuation procedures during counter-terrorism operations. Collective efforts will focus on achieving enhanced levels of interoperability between troops and reducing risks to life and property while keeping UN interests and agenda at the forefront during peacekeeping operations.

Mutual Learning and Defense Cooperation

Both sides will exchange approaches and methodologies for joint exercises on a wide spectrum of combat skills thereby facilitating the participants to learn from each other. Sharing of best practices will further enhance the level of defense cooperation between the Indian Army and the Sri Lankan Army. The exercise will also promote stronger bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries.

  Last update :  18 November 2023
  News Category :  India
  Post Category :  November 2023