Important Defence Exercise (2019)

Important Defence Exercise (2019):

Here we are compiling all the important Defence exercise held in 2019.

Military Exercise



‘ISALEX19’ The first edition of the joint security exercise of International Security Alliance(ISA),  Aim The exercise was aimed at testing readiness of the different teams and to evaluate the tools, strategies, and procedures developed jointly between member countries.


Garuda VI Indian Air Force and Armée de l’Air (French Air Force) Indian Air Force (IAF) and Armée de l’Air (French Air Force) are participating in the Garuda VI bilateral exercise at Mont de Marsan in France.

The exercise has been started on July 1 and will conclude on July 12. The objective of this exercise is to validate the latest defence strategies by enhancing the interoperability level of the French and Indian crews in air defence and ground attack missions.

‘Sampriti-2019’ India and Bangladesh  Which aimed to increase mutual cooperation and camaraderie with an impressive ceremony in Tangail, Bangladesh. 
“Mainamati Maitree Exercise 2019” Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) The main objective of this exercise was to plan and conduct anti-smuggling and anti-criminal activity related operations with an aim to achieve better joint operational efficiency and border management in the area.

Held in Tripura


“Foal Eagle 2019” and “Key Resolve”


U.S. and South Korea This is being done to ease tensions with North Korea
Al Nagah III India and Oman Where both the armies will be exchanging expertise in tactics, weapon handling and firing, in order to enhance inter operability in counter-terrorist operations in semi urban mountainous terrain.

Held in Jabel Al Akhdar Mountains in Oman 


US-India security partnership US army and NSG in Hyderabad The aim of these exercises is to enhance preparedness and tackle any crisis that affects the public health and safety.


AFINDEX-19 India–Africa Between the Indian Army and 16 African nations was commenced in Pune, Maharashtra on March 18, 2019 for training the participating contingents in Humanitarian Mine Assistance (HMA) and Peace Keeping Operations (PKO) under the United Nations Charter.


MITRASHAKTI – VI Indian and Sri Lanka Between Indian and Sri Lanka Army is being held at Diyatalawa in Sri Lanka to strengthen interoperability, mutual understanding and built a better relationship between both the armies.
‘Bold Kurukshetra–2019’ India and Singapore  Started in Jhansi’s Babina Cantonment, Uttar Pradesh to strengthen cooperation against terrorism, develop defence technology and boost maritime security.
‘IN – VPN BILAT EX’ Indo-Vietnam The Indian Navy held the 2nd edition of the bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian Navy and Vietnam Peoples’ Navy, (IN – VPN BILAT EX) at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam during 13th to 16th April, 2019.
AFRICAN LION 2019 Morocco –US It was conducted from March 16 to April 7,2019. The annual Military exercise materialized in the region of Agadir,Tifnit,Tan-Tan, Tata and Ben Guerir with the participation of thousands of military personnel.


‘Varuna’ (Naval) India and France The first phase of a mega naval exercise off the coast of Goa which is aimed at developing inter-operability between the the two forces in dealing with various security challenges.


IMDEX 19 India- Singapore The annual bilateral exercise saw its progression from traditional anti-submarine exercises to more complex maritime exercises such as advanced air defence operations, anti air/ surface practice firings, tactical exercises, etc.
8th Indo-Myanmar Coordinated Patrol (IMCOR) India-Myanmar Navy ships from Myanmar reached Port Blair to attend the opening ceremony of the 8th Indo-Myanmar Coordinated Patrol (IMCOR) which will be held from May 20-28. “Myanmar Navy Ship UMS King TabinShweHtee (773) and UMS Inlay (OPV-54) have arrived at Port Blair on May 20 for the ‘Opening Ceremony’ of the 8th Indo-Myanmar coordinated patrol (IMCOR), at Andaman and Nicobar Command.


KAZIND 2019 India and Kazakhstan army The 4th edition of annual military exercise KAZIND 2019 between India and Kazakhstan army commenced at Pithoragarh 3 to 15 October 2019.

Aims: exercise is joint training of troops in Counter Insurgency/ Counter Terrorism operations in both Jungle and Mountainous terrain. Exercise KAZIND 2019 can be termed as a facade of long standing strategic ties between India and Kazakhstan.

Nomadic Elephant- XIV Indo – Mongolian joint military training 14th edition of Indo – Mongolian joint military training, Exercise Nomadic Elephant–XIV commenced today. The exercise will be conducted from 05 to 18 Oct 19 at Bakloh.

Aims: Training troops in counter insurgency & counter terrorism operations under United Nations mandate. The joint exercise will enhance defence co-operation and military relations between the two nations.

“Him Vijay” Indian Army The Indian Army’s biggest ever mountain combat exercise in Arunachal Pradesh ahead of China President Xi Jinping’s visit to India this month is reported to have irked Beijing, which considers large parts of Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet.

‘Him Vijay’ is the first ever such drill that the military is holding in the northeastern state. Three battle groups, each comprising 4,000 soldiers, are participating in the exercise at a height of 14,000 feet – 100 kms away from the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Ekuverin – 19 Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Force 10th edition of the Joint Military Exercise Ekuverin between the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Force will be organised from 07 to 20 October 2019 at Aundh Military Station in Pune, Maharashtra. The Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Forces have been conducting Exercise Ekuverin meaning ‘Friends’ in the Dhivehi language since 2009.

Aim:  The focus of the exercise will be on sharing of best practices and acquainting each other with the operating procedures being followed while undertaking counter insurgency and counter-terrorism operations.

Dharma Guardian-2019 Indo-Japan The joint military exercise Dharma Guardian-2019 between India and Japan is scheduled to start at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte from October 19 and end 2 November.

The Dharma Guardian Exercise is an annual training event which is being conducted in India since 2018.

Purpose: Both the nations in the backdrop of global terrorism. The scope of this exercise covers platoon level joint training on counter terrorism operations in jungle and urban scenario.


‘’Vajra Prahar’ India and the US The 10th edition of the joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ between India and the US will be held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Seattle from October 13 to28.

Purpose: “These exercises will enable sharing of best practices and experience in areas such as joint mission planning capabilities and operational tactics.

Shinyuu Maitri’ Indian Air Force & Japanese Air Self Defence Force The Indian Air Force will be carrying out a joint military exercise ‘Shinyuu Maitri’ with Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) from 17 to 23 October.

The exercise will be held at Air Force Station, Arjan Singh in Panagarh town in West Bengal.

Aim: Exercise will be to undertake Joint Mobility and Tactical interoperability among the two forces.

‘EX EASTERN BRIDGE-V’ India, Oman Indian Air Force (IAF) kickstarted its bilateral joint exercise with Royal Air Force Oman (RAFO), named ‘EX EASTERN BRIDGE-V’ at Air Force Base Masirah. The exercise will be held 17th October to 26th

Aims: “The exercise will enhance inter-operability during mutual operations between the two Air Forces and will provide an opportunity to learn from each other’s best practices,” read a facebook post by the Indian Air Force.


Danx-19   Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) has conducted the second edition of Defence of Andaman & Nicobar Islands 2019 (DANX-19), a large scale joint services exercise from 14 Oct to 18 Oct.

Components of the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard carried out mobilisation and field manoeuvres to validate defensive plans of Headquarters ANC towards pursuance of the Command’s responsibility, namely ensuring territorial integrity of the A&N Islands.

IMNEX-2019 India-Myanmar Naval Exercise The harbour phase of IMNEX-19 scheduled 17th October to 20th October includes visits to Indian Naval units, training and maintenance facility at Visakhapatnam.
Sudarshan Chakra Vahini exercise  Indian Army Two-day long manoeuvres by Sudarshan Chakra Vahini of Indian Army started at Jaisalmer field firing range in Rajasthan. In this war exercise, the army is going to exhibit its strength regarding Agni Missile and artillery.

Artillery, Arms and mechanized forces, Army air defence and helicopters of army aviation are participating in this exercise to test mutual coordination

‘Sindhu Sudarshan’ Indian Army Military exercises, the ‘Sindhu Sudarshan’ in the deserts of Rajasthan from November 29 to December 4 to evaluate the capability of the Defence forces to strike deep into enemy territory in an integrated air-land battle.

Sindhu Sudarshan will witness more than 40,000 troops in an all-arms battle array of divisions and brigades carrying out offensive operations in deserts. This will provide the unique opportunity to employ entire mechanised formations consisting of tanks and Infantry Combat Vehicles (ICVs) in order to evaluate the capability to strike deep along Western Borders.

Ex Shakti -2019” Indian Army and Army of France Indian Army and Army of France will carry out counter-terrorism drills under the “Exercise Shakti 2019” that will be held in Rajasthan at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges.

The exercise will be held from October 31 to November 13

Aims: focus on counter-terrorism operations in the backdrop of semi-desert terrain under United Nations Mandate.

“Dustlik 2019” India-Uzbekistan The First-ever bilateral exercise will be conducted from November 4 to 13 at Chirchiq Training Area near Tashkent and will be focused on counter-terrorism, an area in which “the two countries share a common concern”.
‘Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT)- 2019’ US- Bangladesh Navy The second phase of the biggest US- Bangladesh Navy exercise named ‘Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT)- 2019’ started in Chattogram.

The exercise provides an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the operational activities of the Navies of two countries and to get acquainted with advanced technology through various theoretical and practical training.

The second phase of the exercise is being conducted from 4 to 7 November with different subject-based training and exercise.

“Samudra Shakti” Indian Navy-Indonesian Navy bilateral India is jointly exercising its anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kamorta along with Indonesian warship KRI Usman Harun,  a multi-role corvette, in the Bay of Bengal as part of an ongoing bilateral exercise ”Samudra Shakti”,

Indian Navy-Indonesian Navy bilateral exercise ”Samudra Shakti” from November 6-7.

INDRA 2019 India and Russia The first-ever joint tri-service exercise between India and Russia codenamed INDRA 2019 will be conducted from December 10-19.

In light of the threat of global terrorism facing both nations and by countries around the world, the theme of the exercise is contemporary and relevant.

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