Yudh Abhyas 2018: Indian, US soldiers participate in night firing exercise in Ranikhet

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Ranikhet (Uttarakhand), Sep 21 (ANI): On the fourth day of Yudh Abhyas 2018, the troops of Indian and the United States army participated in a night firing exercise in Ranikhet. The aim of the exercise was to gain expertise in shooting in dark and to take advantage of the surprise element. Both sides of soldiers exchanged their weapons and practiced on targets. A joint military exercise between the armies of both the countries commenced on September 16 at the foothills of Chaubattia in Uttarakhand and it will conclude on September 29. The 14th edition of the exercise ‘Yudh Abhyas’, which is hosted alternately by the two countries, kicked off with a short yet impressive ceremony that saw the unfurling of the national flags of both the countries to the strains of ‘Jana Gana Mana’ and ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’. The two-week long event will see both the armies hone their tactical and technical skills in countering insurgency and terrorism in a UN peacekeeping scenario involving a combined deployment at a brigade level. The exercise will also witness the state-of-the-art equipment for surveillance and tracking, specialist weapons for close quarter battle with terrorists, explosives and improvised explosive device detectors, as well as the latest communication equipment being fielded by both sides. Both the sides will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well developed tactical drills for neutralisation of likely threats that may be encountered in UN peacekeeping operations during division level command post exercise. The experts from both sides will also hold discussions to share each others’ experience in varied topics for mutual benefit.

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