Joint Military Exercise to be held from September 10-16

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 5 August 2018

PUNE: A Joint Military Exercise (MILEX-18) will be undertaken at the Foreign Training Node, Aundh, from September 10 to 16. The exercise, which is being conducted under aegis of Headquarters Southern Command, will focus on the need to counter and prevent the spread of terrorism and radicalisation, especially in semi-urban areas of the member nations.

PUNE: A Joint Military Exercise (MILEX-18) will be undertaken at the Foreign Training Node, Aundh, from September 10 to 16. The exercise, which is being conducted under aegis of Headquarters Southern Command, will focus on the need to counter and prevent the spread of terrorism and radicalisation, especially in semi-urban areas of the member nations.

Armies of all seven BIMSTEC countries i.e India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Thailand and Myanmar will be participating in the exercise. The aim of the exercise is to create synergy, better understanding and evolve an institutionalised military forum for regional cooperation in the field of counter-terrorist operations among the member states. Each member state is being represented by five officers and 25 other ranks for the military exercise.

A final coordinating conference for the said exercise was conducted in Pune on August 2 and 3. Delegates from all member nations, Ministry of Defence and Army Headquarters were in attendance. The objectives, training modalities and the roadmap for conducting the exercise at Aundh Military Station in September 2018 was discussed in detail. The two-day long conference was chaired by Major General VK Singh, who is the head of the Operations Branch at Headquarters Southern Command.

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