India’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Dalbir Singh Suhag reviewed the conduct of Exercise SHATRUJEET in Rajasthan on April 22. During this exercise, with about 30,000 soilders in action, the Indian Army displayed its operational prowess of striking deep into the enemy territory in an integrated Air-Land battle environment for five days in the deserts of Rajasthan.
Alongside, the Army Chief, other senior Army officers who were present at the event included Lieutenant General Sarath Chand, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Sapta Shakti Command in the exercise location. The COAS was briefed on the operational plans and conduct of the exercise by Lieutenant General Shokin Chauhan, General Officer Commanding, Strike Corps.
During his visit, the COAS reviewed complex and integrated operational manoeuvres of the formation. Synergy between Army and Air Force in executing air-land battle and the ability to orchestrate battle in network centric environment were successfully validated.
Exercise Shatrujeet is being conducted as part of regular training where the Strike Corps is practicing and honing war fighting skills. One airborne brigade (Parachute Brigade) is being dropped tonight behind simulated enemy lines to address objectives in depth by vertical envelopment and to maintain high tempo of operations.
Composite infantry and mechanised columns of Strike Corps exhibited their skills of manoeuvring deep into enemy territory and link up with the airborne force. Networked radars, UAVs and aerial surveillance platforms helped ensure continuous flow of information resulting in battlefield transparency and enabled commanders to assess and suitably modify their operational plans to meet the emerging challenges and exploit fleeting opportunities.
Mobile communication systems integrated with terrestrial network will provide efficient communication on move across the battlefield.
The COAS appreciated the standard of training of the formations and complimented them on their battle readiness. Exercise SHATRUJEET is a testimony of the capabilities to Strike deep in enemy territory in an integrated Air-Land battle environment is being tested. The operationally oriented exercise is focusing on validating integrated theatre battle fighting concept incorporating new age technologies, weapon platforms and systems as well as long range precision targeting vectors.
Indian Army undertakes such exercises at regular intervals at different levels to ensure forces are provided real war like situations and are kept in high state of battle readiness. The formation and units have been undergoing operational oriented training for past one month. Post preparatory training manoeuvres at subordinate units and formation levels, the STRIKE 1 is now poised to conduct integrated operational manoeuvres to validate its operational plans in simulated high tempo battlefield environment and terrain.
During the exercise, Army undertook drills to counter nuclear attack and exhibited Drills involving fighting in Chemical Biological Warfare by the troops in CBRN contaminated area. This included the usage and efficacy of Individual Protective Equipment (IPE).