Indian, Bangladesh joint combat exercise to start from Monday

NEW DELHI, Nov 4: Indian and Bangladeshi Armies will hold a 13-day joint military exercise, code-named “EX Sampriti-2017” from Monday at Vairengte in Mizoram and Meghalaya’s Umroi to practice counter-terrorism operations.
Exercise SAMPRITI is being held alternately in India and Bangladesh every year with an aim to build and promote positive relations between the armies of the two neighbours, a release from Indian Army said.
“It also aimed to enhance interoperability between the two nations while carrying out counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in semi mountainous and jungle trainings,” said Col C knower, defence PRO, Kohima.
The exercise will be held at Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) in Vairengte and Joint Training Node in Umroi, when the two neighbours will engage each other in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations.
The previous edition was held at Tangail in Dhaka last year while in 2015 India hosted this exercise at Binnaguri in West Bengal.
The joint exercise will simulate a scenario where both nations are working together in a counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism environment under the UN mandate.
This edition will be conducted into two phases which include Command Post Exercise (CPX) and Field Training Exercise (FTX).     The CPX will be carried out at Umroi for six days from November 6-11 whereas FTX will be conducted at Vairengte for 13 days from November 6-18.    Around 150 troops will participate in the FTX while 20 officers will participate in CPX.  The first exercise in this series was held at Jorhat in Assam in 2010. (UNI)