Joint military drill ‘Exercise Kavach’ to be conducted in Andaman Sea next week

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Exercise Kavach
Indian Navy ships in Andaman sea (File photo)

New Delhi (NVI): A joint military drill ‘Exercise Kavach’, involving assets of the Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force and Indian Coast Guard, will be conducted in the Andaman Sea next week.

The exercise will be conducted under the aegis of the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC), the only Joint Forces Command of the country, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

“The joint forces will execute multi domain, high intensity offensive and defensive manoeuvres in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal,” the MoD said.

It will carry out amphibious landing operations, air landed operation, helicopters-borne insertion of special forces from sea culminating in tactical follow-on operations on land, it added.

The tri-services exercise aims to fine tune joint war-fighting capabilities and SOPs towards enhancing operational synergy.

According to the ministry, the exercise also involves synergised application of maritime surveillance assets, coordinated air and maritime strikes, air defence, submarine and landing operations,

It will cover the joint intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) task that will involve various technical, electronic and human intelligence from three services.

“The ISR exercise will validate the capabilities of intelligence gathering from space, air, land and sea-based assets/ sensors, its analysis and sharing to achieve battlefield transparency for quick decision making at different stages of operations,” the statement said.

Furthermore, the exercise will involve participation and deployment of Army’s amphibious brigade along with supporting forces including special forces of Navy, Armour/ Mechanised components, Naval Ships comprising destroyers, ASW corvettes and landing ships with ship-borne helicopters of Eastern Naval Command and ANC.

It will also include jaguar maritime strike and transport aircrafts from Indian Air Force and assets of Coast Guard, the ministry added.