In the midst of tensions with Pakistan, a contingent of the Indian army is in Russia for the 2019 Tsentr exercise, which began Tuesday. The armies of China and Pakistan, in addition to those of the republics of Central Asia, participate. At the same time, another contingent of the Indian army participates in annual American exercises for Yudh Abhyas.
Later this week, the military will hold the first military medicine conference for the members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Yudh Abhyas will be held from September 5 to 18 at the Lewis McChord Common Base in Tacoma, Washington. The Tsentr exercise will continue until September 23 on the Donguz training grounds in Orenburg, a city in southwestern Russia.
"Exercise Tsentr 2019 aims to evolve the exercises of participating armies and to practice them in the fight against the scourge of international terrorism, thus ensuring military security in the strategic region of Central Asia" said the Indian army in a statement. The exercise will focus on assessing the level of readiness of the troops, acquiring skills and improving the level of interoperability, and will show the readiness of the armies, he said.
Exercise Tsentr is part of the annual training cycle of the Russian Armed Forces. It rotates between Russia's four main strategic operational commands: Vostok (East), Zapad (West), Tsentr (Center) and Kavkas (South). The exercise has been internationalized over the years. Belarus acceded in 2017, China and Mongolia in 2018. This year, participants are China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan.
At the 15th edition of Yudh Abhyas, the US Army is represented by a company of the 5-20 Infantry Battalion, while the Indian side is represented by the Assam Regiment. "The two sides will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well-developed tactical exercises to neutralize the likely threats that may be encountered in UN peacekeeping operations," said the spokesman. # 39; army.
The United States wanted to develop Yudh Abhyas by moving to Japan. Last year, when the exercise had been held in India, the United States had requested that Japan become an observer, but India did not accept the plea, indicated official sources.
Already, the naval games of Malabar, which were a bilateral naval exercise, are now trilateral. In December 2018, Japan joined Cope India, a bilateral air exercise, as an observer. After a few editions, Japan will become a full partner in the exercise, official sources said.
The Military Medicine Conference will be held on September 12th and 13th. This will be the first military cooperation event organized by India under the SCO 2019-2020 Defense Cooperation Plan, following its membership as a SCO member in 2017.