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Western Army Command conducts summer training exercises

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

"Codenamed Exercise Rudra Akrosh, the war games are aimed to validate the operational and transformational effectiveness of various formations under the Western Army Command," Army officials said here today.

The exercise which entered its culmination phase was also witnessed by Western Army Commander Lt General S R Ghosh.

"It includes various summer training manoeuvres where approximately 20,000 troops tested battle skills with state-of-the-art weapon systems in complete integration of the fighter and transport aircraft pitched in by the Indian Air Force," they said.

Besides interacting with the soldiers and officers coordinating the war games, Lt Gen Ghosh witnessed various battle manoeuvres by infantry troops, mechanised infantry, tanks, artillery, Heliborne troops and surveillance equipment.

"Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and attack helicopters were also coopted in the operational scenario," they added.

Recently, the Jaipur-based South Western Command- also known as Sapta Shakti command- conducted its summer war games with more than 50,000 troops, latest weaponary and air assets.

The culmination phase of exercise codenamed 'Shoorveer' were witnessed by Army Chief General V K Singh.

The exercise was conducted to battle test the skills of infantry troops, mechanised columns, artillery units and Air Force to launch a decisive strike on the enemy lines during peak summer seasons, the officials said.

First Published: Fri, May 11 2012. 20:15 IST