Rajasthan: Over 20,000 Army troops engage in 'Vijay Prahar' exercise
(Sourced from PTI)
Over 20,000 troops of the strike formations of the Army's South Western Command are engaged in the "Vijay Prahar" exercise to fine-tune the Army's jointmanship with Indian Air Force (IAF) near Suratgarh in Rajasthan. The exercise is being held in the wake of IAF testing in the "Gagan Shakti" exercise in the western sector of Rajasthan, which shares an over 1,000km border with Pakistan.
In the exercise, the formations are practicing and operationalizing certain concepts of operating in the network-centric environment, integrated employment of modern-day sensors with the weapon platforms, employment of attack helicopters in the air cavalry role, and a bold offensive of application of the Special Forces. Exercise will conclude on May 9 and Army chief General Bipin Rawat is likely to witness the final phase.
Brigadier Anil Gautam, Brigadier General Staff (Information Warfare), South Western Command, said some of the areas in focus during the exercise were real-time information, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, deployment and using satellite-based surveillance capabilities, drones, electronic warfare capabilities, and radars. The other aspects of focus were the fighting capabilities through armed helicopters and fighting and operating in a nuclear environment, he added.