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Army chief Gen Naravane reviews Exercise Dakshin Shakti of Southern Command in Rajasthan

Since last week, units and formations of the Indian Army practiced tactical and operational manoeuvres by its infantry, mechanised formations and air troops in a fluid battlefield environment using futuristic technologies.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: November 28, 2021 3:01:22 am
Indian Army, Indian Army training exercise, General Manoj Mukund Naravane, pune news, pune news todayChief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane interacts with personnel in Rajasthan during the exercise. Express Photo

CHIEF of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane recently reviewed Exercise Dakshin Shakti, which was conducted by the Pune-headquartered Southern Command in the training areas of Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Gen Naravane was on a two-day visit to Jaisalmer on Thursday and Friday. During the past one week, units and formations of the Indian Army practiced tactical and operational manoeuvres by its Infantry, Mechanised Formations and Airborne troops in a fluid battlefield environment using futuristic technologies. Various indigenous airborne platforms such as Advanced Light Helicopter (Weapon System Integrated) and Swarm Drones, enmeshing Artificial Intelligence, were used during this exercise to test a cohesive operational and intelligence mechanism.

“The Army Chief commended the Southern Command for fielding and exploiting the capabilities of  indigenous equipment inducted as part of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative. He also emphasised the need to constantly evolve tactics, techniques and procedure to fight ‘Future Wars’ as well as capability enhancement in manned and unmanned systems,” read a press statement from the Army.

General Naravane speaks with Army personnel during the training.

Dakshin Shakti was held with a focal aspect of network-centric warfare — which denotes effective use of information technology and computer networking tools to form networks of various force elements in play on the battlefield. Aptly named Dakshin Shakti, denoting area of responsibility of the Southern Command, this exercise aimed at validating the battle readiness and operational effectiveness of troops of the Southern Army in an integrated and futuristic battlefield scenario.

As part of Dakshin Shakti, a Multi-Agency Exercise — ‘Sagar Shakti’— was conducted, which involved components from the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, along with Border Security Force and Gujarat state security mechanism. Sagar Shakti was conducted in the Creek Sector of Kutch Peninsula between November 19 and 22.

The exercise was conducted in the backdrop of the soon-to-emerge Integrated Theatre Commands which give major emphasis on tri-service integrated operations. The exercise also tested the sensor-to-shooter grids which are systems that integrate the sensors.

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