Wednesday, 4 May 2011

2 Strike Corps To Conduct Military Exercise On The Western border

The Ambala based 2 Strike corps will engage in a fortnight long excercise starting from May 8th. The Excercise will be conducted on the Rajasthan border and 10,000 troops are sceduled to participate. It includes elements from the artillery and armour. Elements from the Meerut based 22 Div, Patiala based 1 Armoured and “Rapids,” the Dehradun based 14 Division will be a part of the wargames.

The aim of the excercise is to transform the strike corps into a more agile, more lethal and networked force capable of meeting all future challenges. The excercise is also going to test the synergy between the Army’s southern and Western command. In 2005, a new South-Western Army Command was created at Jaipur, between the Western and Southern Commands, for a greater offensive punch along the entire western front with Pakistan.

The excercise is a part of excercises conducted by the Mathura based 1 Corps, Ambala based 2 Corps and Bhopal based 21 Corps. Each year, one of the three Corps get permission to practice their wargames. Last year, the Bhopal based 21 corps conducted an excercise based on Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Warfare conditions.