A 14-day joint training exercise of the Indian Army with the Royal Thailand Army commenced at Bakloh in Himachal Pradesh today.
Defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta said that the aim of this joint exercise is to build and promote closer relations while exchanging skills and experiences between Royal Thailand Army (RTA) and the Indian Army.
He said 'Exercise Maitree 2017' is a continuation of a series of joint exercises between the Indian Army and the Royal Thailand Army. The previous edition of the exercise was held at Krabi, Thailand last year.
"This joint exercise will be conducted in a manner to acquaint both contingents with each other's operating procedures in the backdrop of counter insurgency/ counter terrorism environment," he added.
He said that the contingent from the Royal Thailand Army comprising of approximately 50 soldiers landed at Gaggal Airport yesterday. He said during the initial stages of the exercise both Armies would get familiar with the respective methodology of such operations, each other's arms and equipment and command and control system.
He said that it will then graduate towards tactical understanding to enhance interoperability while carrying out operations to counter insurgency and terrorism. Maitree series of bilateral exercises has been one of the major defence cooperation initiatives between India and Thailand. UNI XC DB AD SHK 1810
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