Singapore Defence Minister attends joint army exercise

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Sigapore, Nov 24 (UNI) Singapore's Second Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen observed Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and Indian Army (IA) soldiers in a joint artillery exercise, codenamed Agni Warrior, in Devlali, India, today.

Dr Ng, who is on a two-day official visit to India, witnessed the 155 mm Singapore Lightweight Howitzer (Pegasus) conducting live-firing, said a government statement.

This is the first time the Pegasus has been deployed in Agni Warrior.

The exercise provides valuable opportunities for both sides to understand each other's doctrines and tactics. This will enhance mutual understanding and inter-operability between the two armies.

This year's Agni Warrior is the first to be conducted under the terms of the Bilateral Agreement for Joint Army Training and Exercises, which was signed in August this year.

Bilateral defence interactions between Singapore and India have grown in recent years.

Apart from bilateral exercises between the two armies, the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) also exercise regularly with their Indian counterparts.

The two defence establishments also interact regularly through policy dialogues, visits and courses.

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