Indian Army contingent flies to Uzbekistan for Joint Military Exercise 

The Exercise is to be over on 28th April 2024 at Termez, the Republic of Uzbekistan. Exercise DUSTLIK is a yearly event conducted alternatively in India and Uzbekistan.

Apr 16, 2024 - 13:30
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Indian Army contingent flies to Uzbekistan for Joint Military Exercise 

The Exercise is to be over on 28th April 2024 at Termez, the Republic of Uzbekistan. Exercise DUSTLIK is a yearly event conducted alternatively in India and Uzbekistan. The last edition was conducted at Pithoragarh (India) in February 2023.
The Indian Armed Forces contingent comprising 60 personnel is represented by 45 personnel from the Indian Army, majorly from a Battalion of the JAT Regiment, and 15 personnel from the Indian Air Force. The Uzbekistan contingent comprising approximately 100 personnel from the Uzbekistan Army and Air Force, will be represented by personnel from Southern Operational Command, part of South-West Military District.
The aim of Exercise DUSTLIK is to foster military cooperation and enhance combined capabilities to execute joint operations in mountainous as well as semi-urban terrain. It would focus on the high degree of physical fitness, joint planning, joint tactical drills and basics of special arms skills.
Tactical drills to be practiced during the exercise will include the creation of a Joint Command Post, establishing an Intelligence & Surveillance Centre, securing of the landing site, Small Team Insertion & Extraction, Special Heliborne Operations, Cordon and Search Operations, Room Intervention Drills and Demolition of illegal structures. 
The complexity of this edition of Exercise DUSTLIK has been enhanced with the conduct of multi-domain operations as the contingent comprises of personnel from combat support arms and services besides Infantry. Two Women Officers also form part of the IA contingent, including one from the Regiment of Artillery and the second from the Army Medical Corps.
Exercise ‘DUSTLIK’ will enable the two sides to share their best practices in Tactics, Techniques and Procedures for conducting joint operations. The Exercise will facilitate the development of inter-operability, bonhomie and camaraderie between soldiers of both countries. This will also enhance the level of defense cooperation, further fostering bilateral relations between the two friendly nations.

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