Indian Army Deploys for Uzbekistan Joint Exercise "Dustlik"

Indian Army Deploys for Uzbekistan Joint Exercise

New Delhi - A contingent of the Indian Army departed today for Termez, Uzbekistan, to participate in the fifth edition of the joint military exercise "Dustlik." The annual event, held alternately between India and Uzbekistan, will see the Indian forces collaborate with their Uzbek counterparts until April 28th.

Strengthening Military Cooperation:

This year's exercise marks a continuation of the strong military ties between India and Uzbekistan. Notably, Indian Army Chief General Manoj Pandey will also be present in Uzbekistan for a four-day visit, including witnessing the exercise on April 18th.

Focus on Combined Capabilities:

Colonel Sudhir Chamoli, a spokesperson, highlighted the exercise's objectives. "Dustlik" aims to enhance joint capabilities in conducting operations in mountainous and semi-urban terrains. The focus will be on physical fitness, joint planning, tactical drills, and specialized weaponry. Activities include establishing joint command posts, intelligence gathering, securing landing zones, special helicopter operations, and clearing simulated illegal structures.

Enhanced Complexity and Inclusivity:

This year's "Dustlik" incorporates additional complexities by involving combat support units alongside infantry. Furthermore, it marks a step towards inclusivity with the participation of two women officers, one from the Artillery Regiment and another from the Army Medical Corps.

Shared Learning and Deeper Relations:

Exercise "Dustlik" provides a platform for both nations to share best practices in joint operations. This fosters deeper defense cooperation and strengthens the bilateral relationship between India and Uzbekistan.