Indian Army conducts biggest airborne exercise ‘Winged Raider’

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News:The Indian Army has conducted its biggest airborne exercise called the ‘Winged Raider’ comprising of more than 500 special forces troops in the North-Eastern theatre. 

Facts:

About Winged Raider exercise:

  • The exercise aims to demonstrate the operational preparedness of the paratroopers and air warriors to undertake airborne missions.
  • It involved a large number of the Special Forces troops and all kind of air transport platforms of the Air Force.
  • The newly inducted aerial platforms and equipment were also validated during the exercise with clockwise precision and seamless integration between the Army and the Air Force.

Significance of the exercise:

  • The exercise indicated the shift in the army’s focus towards the frontier with China.
  • In October 2019,the Indian army had also carried out Exercise ‘Him Vijay’ in Arunachal Pradesh to test its mobility, communication and coordination of such a huge body of fast-moving troops in difficult terrain.
  • The integrated battle groups(IBGs) had participated for the first time in an exercise.