New Delhi, Oct 08: The annual Indo-Sino Combined Military Training Exercise Hand-In-Hand 2015 will be conducted from October 12 to 23 at Kunming Military Academy, Yunnan in China.
This is fifth in the series of exercise being held every year. The first edition of this prestigious joint military exercise was started in 2007.
The fourth edition was held last year at the Aundh Military Camp in Pune. Prior to that in 2013, the third edition of the exercise was held third Miao Ergang, Sichaun Province, in China.
Indian Army says that the exercise will bring together troops of an Infantry sub-unit and a formation headquarter of Indian Army and similar participation from the Chinese Army for the joint training.
Aimed at strengthening interoperability
Hand-In-Hand aims at strengthening and broadening the interoperability and cooperation between both the armies as well as complement a number of other exchanges between the two forces.
Army says that over the years, both countries have decided to progressively increase the scope and content of the combined training.
"The 12-day exercise will lay emphasis on joint handling of insurgency at sub-unit level and related issues, while the aspect of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief will be discussed at formation headquarters level," says an Army spokesperson.
During the exercise, the Commanders and Staff Officers of both sides will work in close coordination to receive and collate intelligence and to issue suitable operational orders to the combined field training components, who in turn will execute these orders on ground.
Sub-unit level counter-insurgency ops training
"The curriculum has been planned progressively where the participants will initially be made to get familiar with each others organisational structure, weapons, equipment and tactical drills. Subsequently, under Joint Tactical Exercises Battle Drill of both the armies will be rehearsed," says the spokesperson.
Similar to precious years, at the end of Hand-In-Hand, a Consolidation and Validation Exercise will be witnessed by senior officers and observers of both armies.
Indian Army says that at the end of the exercise, the troops of both nations will carry out sub-unit level counter insurgency operation training.
Tempting career opportunities in Indian Army
Meanwhile, the Indian Army is all set to launch a campaign to tap capable Indian youth by offering exciting careers.
The recruitment campaign named ‘Join the Indian Army and Live a Life Less Ordinary,' will be launched on October 9 through TV channels, digital cinemas and radio stations across the country.
Lt Gen R N Nair, Director General Recruiting says that no other organisation in India provides the canvas of engineering, technology, work-life-balance, sustained care and the unique ability of serving the nation, as the Indian Army.
(File photos of Hand-In-Hand 2013: Basani Satheesh Kumar, MoD)