Indian Military Drills: Exercises & War Games – Static GK – Free PDFLast updated on 06 Sep 2019

Military exercise or war games is the technique of using military resources in training or performing drills of military operations, testing the quickness and real-time capabilities of warfare and adopting strategies without undergoing actual combat. The military exercise is a measure to test the performance of the armed forces without engaging in the battlefield.

Military Exercises are classified into the following types:

Bilateral Exercise

Multilateral Exercise

Domestic Exercise

Bilateral Exercises:

Bilateral Exercise is those exercise that is conducted between two countries. Below is a table that shows the list of bilateral exercise partnered with India.

S.NO PARTNER NATION INDIAN ARMY INDIAN NAVY INDIAN AIR FORCE
1 CHINA HAND IN HAND    
2 NEPAL SURYA KIRAN    
3 BANGLADESH 1.Sampriti

2. Mainamati Maitree Exercise (BSF)

   
4 Sri Lanka Mitra Shakti SLINEX  
5 USA Yudh Abhyas   RED FLAG
6 USA Vajra Prahar (Counter terrorism)   Cope India
7 Myanmar IMBAX IMCOR  
8 Malaysia HARIMAU SHAKTI    
9 Indonesia Garuda Shakti IND-INDO CORPAT  
10 Vietnam VINBAX Sahyog HOPTAC  
11 Maldives Ekuverin    
12 Russia INDRA INDRA NAVY AVIAINDRA
13 Oman AL NAGAH NASEEM-AL-BAHR EASTERN BRIDGE
14 Japan DHARMA GUARDIAN    
15 Thailand MAITREE/ COBRA GOLD (Observer Plus)   SIAM BHARAT
16 UK AJEYA WARRIOR KONKAN INDRADHANUSH
17 Kazakhstan PRABAL DOSTYK    
18 Mongolia NOMADIC ELEPHANT/ KHAN QUEST    
19 Seychelles LAMITIYE    
20 Singapore BOLD KURUKSHETRA/ AGNI WARRIOR SIMBEX  
21 Kyrgyzstan KHANJAR    
22 France Shakti VARUNA GARUDA
23 UAE     DESERT EAGLE
24 AUSTRALIA AUSTRA HIND AUSINDEX/ KAKADU  

Bilateral Exercises partnered by Other Countries

S.NO COUNTRY PARTNER COUNTRY MILITARY DRILL
1 Morocco US African Lion 2019
2 South KOREA United States Foal Eagle and Key Resolve

Multilateral Exercise

They are those exercise which consists of more than one military partners.

S.NO Exercise Name Remarks
1 RIMPAC It is the world’s largest maritime exercise. It was first conducted in 1971 and is held biannually near Honolulu, Hawaii (USA). The Exercise is overlooked by the US Navy’s Pacific fleet.
2 MALABAR An annual trilateral naval exercise involving the United States, Japan, and India as permanent partners. It originally began in 1992 as a bilateral exercise between India and the US. Later in 2015, Japan became a permanent partner
3 MILEX First joint military exercise between BIMSTEC countries, conducted in Pune, Maharashtra. All member BIMSTEC countries, except Thailand and Nepal, took an active part in this exercise. The main aim is to promote practices in areas of counterterrorism.
4 PEACE MISSION A Counter Terror Military Exercise, held in Russia in September 2018, under the framework of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). For the first time, arch-rivals India and Pakistan took part in it.
5 KOMODO A biennial multilateral Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise, conducted for the first time by the Indonesian Navy in April 2014 at Batam, Indonesia.
6 COBRA GOLD It is the largest Asia-Pacific military exercise held in Thailand every year.
7 ARF DiR Ex It stands for ASEAN Regional Forum Disaster Relief Exercise (ARF DiR Ex). It is aimed at organizing a large-scale disaster relief exercise. It was 1st held in 2009, takes place biannually. It is co-hosted by one ASEAN member states and one non-ASEAN ARF member.
8 Samvedna-2018 The first multilateral Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise of Indian Air Force (IAF) in association with South Asian Region nations, was held off the coast of Kerala.
9 KAKADU Started in 1993, it is a multilateral regional maritime engagement exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Navy. It derives its name from the Kakadu National Park.
10 Pitch Black Australia, United States, Netherlands, France , Germany , Canada , Indonesia , New Zealand , Singapore, Thailand , Malaysia
11 AFINDEX-19 India – Africa – Pune, Maharashtra
12 AMAN-19 The five-day multinational maritime exercise ‘AMAN-19’, in which 46 nations are taking part, commenced near the coastal city of Karachi with the slogan “Together for Peace”.

Domestic Exercise:

They are aimed at improving the internal engagements amongst various departments. They can be inter-services or intra-service depending on its nature and its application.

S.NO Exercise Name Remarks
1 GANDIV VIJAY Conducted by the Chetak corps of South Western Command of Indian Army in Mahajan field firing ranges of Rajasthan in May 2018.

It was based on offensive operations through joint air-land battle in a network-centric environment employing modern technology.

2 VIJAY PRAHAR Conducted by the South Western Command of Indian Army. The month-long exercise was aimed to orchestrate a wide spectrum of threats which are planned to be tackled through high tempo joint air and land operation.
3 PASCHIM EHAR-18 Tri-service maritime exercise conducted by Indian Navy off western coast in the Arabian Sea. The exercise is aimed at improving the interoperability between the Indian Navy, Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and Coast Guard.
4 Vayu Shakti 2019 It is an Air Force Exercise conducted once in every 3 years. It was previously held in 2016 codenamed ‘Iron Fist’. It is a firepower demonstration exercise held at Pokhran, Rajasthan.
5 TROPEX 19  (Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise) – Largest War Game of the Indian Navy – Kochi, Kerala
6 Exercise Rahat  (Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Exercise) – Jaipur, Rajasthan
7 Bull Strike All Indian armed forces comprising Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force hold joint exercise “Bull Strike” at Teressa Island in Andaman and Nicobar.

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