India-Egypt joint military exercise: The first-ever joint military exercise between the special forces of the Indian Army and the Egyptian Army is currently underway in Rajasthan. According to an official statement, 'Exercise Cyclone-I' began on January 14 with the aim to strengthen defence cooperation between the two nations.
Further, the joint exercise also focuses on sharing professional skills and interoperability of the special forces in desert terrain while undertaking counter-terrorism, reconnaissance, raids and other special operations, the statement added. This is the first exercise of its kind bringing the special forces of both nations on a common platform.
Armies of both countries advance their skills at exercise
"The 14-day exercise which is being carried out in the deserts of Rajasthan engages both the contingents to advance special forces skills such as sniping, combat free fall, reconnaissance, surveillance and target designation, sharing of information on weapons, equipment, innovations, tactics, techniques and procedures," the statement added
The participants would also undertake joint planning and drills for special forces operations in a mechanised warfare setting as well as surgical strikes on terrorist camps/ hideouts to include sniping of high-value targets.
Joint exercise to foster military cooperation between two nations
The joint exercise will provide an insight into the culture and ethos of both armies, thereby fostering military cooperation and interoperability to further strengthen diplomatic relations between India and Egypt, as per the statement.
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(With PTI inputs)