News:Indian Army is going to conduct an exercise codenamed ‘Sindhu Sudarshan’ in Rajasthan from 29 November to 4 December 2019.
About the exercise:
- The aim of the exercise is to evaluate the capability of the Defence forces to strike deep into enemy territory in an integrated air-land battle.
- The exercise will be conducted by Southern command along with XXI Corps which is also known as the Sudarshan Chakra Corps.
- The exercise will witness high degree of synergy between the Army and the Air Force,
- The army will assess the operational efficiency of the Strike Corps to fight in the desert terrain and the Indian Air Force(IAF) to provide intimate support in terms of destruction of targets and air lifting of the troops.
- Further,the exercise will also see the participation of newly formed Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs) along the Western Front.
About Integrated Battle groups:
- IBGs are brigade-sized, agile, self-sufficient combat formations which can swiftly launch strikes against adversary in case of hostilities.
- Each IBG is tailor-made based on Threat, Terrain and Task and resources will be allotted based on the three Ts.
- The IBGs are defensive and offensive.The offensive IBGs are trained to quickly mobilise and make thrust into enemy territory for strikes,
- On the other hand, the defensive IBGs are trained to hold ground at vulnerable points or where enemy action is expected.
- Integrated Battle Groups both on the Western and Northern borders have been created for quicker and formidable launch of attack on enemy.
About Southern Command:
- Southern Command is a formation of the Indian Army since 1895.It has around 40% of the country’s landmass as its area of responsibility.
- The Sudarshan Chakra Corps, a strike corps of the Southern Command, is headquartered in Bhopal.
- The corps has various formations of Armoured, Infantry, Artillery, Air Defence and Engineering among other units.