The Ambala-based 2 Corps, one of the three offensive oriented “Strike Corps” of the Indian Army, is holding a major battle exercise in Suratgarh in Rajasthan. The exercise, Brahmashira, is being conducted to validate the operational doctrines of the Strike Corps and to test the various battle concepts which need to be validated on ground.
The exercise aims at rapid mobilisation of the Strike Corps and making speedy multiple offensives deep into enemy territory before the enemy has a chance to mobilise its own resources for a counter attack or for offering a heavy resistance. The tactics being rehearsed in this exercise will allow the Army formations to break through multiple obstacles in a restricted time frame. According to the Army’s Western Command, the focus of the exercise will be on new and efficient ways of fighting a war in a synergised battlefield.
The exercise envisages mechanised manoeuvres in an entire spectrum of new generation of equipment, including major weapon platforms. These combat manoeuvres also co-opt a significant contribution from the ground attack fighter aircraft from Indian Air Force, attack helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, remotely piloted vehicles, and utility helicopters. Strategic and long range vectors will also be employed during the exercise. Insertion of troops by air will be integrated fully in the exercise.
As far as the Army is concerned, the exercise involves the mobilisation of its armoured and mechanised formations, artillery division, air defence elements along with other supporting arms and services. The real time streaming of data, including live video feed, from the battlefield to the highest formation headquarters will also be tested.
The exercise will also test the abilities of the Corps, Division and brigade level formation commanders to conduct large scale operations in a integrated battle field even as, at the Command level, efforts will be made to fully utilise the integration of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communication systems in a network centric battlefield environment.