India Kazakhstan Joint Exercise ‘Prabal Dostyk-16’
As a part of India’s continued efforts to strengthen Indo-Kazakhstan relations, troops of Indian and Kazakhstan Army engaged in a joint exercise ‘Prabal Dostyk–16’. The Indian Army was represented by a platoon strength. The Kazakhstan Army contingent comprised platoons from Special Operating Force’s unit. A pioneering endeavour with the Kazakhstan Army, the exercise was conducted in Karaganda region of Kazakhstan and concluded on September 17.

The primary aim of the 14-day exercise was to enhance interoperability while undertaking counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations in rural and semi-urban environment under the umbrella of the United Nations. The exercise was conducted in two stages; first stage involved familiarisation with each others’ tactics, drills, weapons and equipment, whereas the second stage saw the troops of both the armies graduating to jointly execute a helicopter-borne operation in a simulated environment. Combat battle drills and physical fitness were the focal point of the exercise.


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