Prabal Dostyk-17: India, Kazakh Armies Begin Joint Exercise

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Shimla: Indian and Kazakh armies on Thursday began a 14-day joint exercise in Himachal Pradesh to strengthen bilateral relations and exchange skills and experience. This is second joint military exercise between the two countries. The first edition of “Prabal Dostyk” was held in Kazakhstan in 2016.

“A 14-day joint training exercise ‘Prabal Dostyk-2017’ between the Indian Army and the Kazakhstan Army commenced today with an opening ceremony at Bakloh in Himachal Pradesh,” a defence spokesman said. The joint exercise is aimed at enhancing the military ties between the two countries and achieving interoperability between the two armies, he said.

“The training contingents comprise a platoon strength from 3rd Battalion of the 11th Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army and a similar strength of the Kazakhstan Army,” the spokesman said.

The Indian troops participating in the joint exercise underwent extensive training in counter-terrorism and low intensity conflict operations at the Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte, he added.

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