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Austra Hind-22: India and Australia to conduct joint army exercise in Rajasthan from today

Rajasthan: Joint military exercise between the armies of India and Australia will start today (28 November) in Rajasthan. This military exercise has been named 'Austra Hind-22'. This exercise is going to be held at Mahajan Field Firing Range in Rajasthan. The joint exercise will start from 28 November and continue till 11 December.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Rajasthan: Joint military exercise between the armies of India and Australia will start today (28 November) in Rajasthan. This military exercise has been named ‘Austra Hind-22’. This exercise is going to be held at Mahajan Field Firing Range in Rajasthan. The joint exercise will start from 28 November and continue till 11 December.

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The aim of the military exercise is to build positive military-to-military relations, imbibe each other’s best practices and enhance the ability to work together. The Ministry of Defense said that this is the first exercise in the series of Austra Hind, in which all the arms and services of both the armies will be involved. “This is the first exercise in the series of Austra Hind (drills) with participation of all arms and services contingent from both armies,” an army spokesperson said on the eve of the drills.

A contingent of the Australian Army has reached Rajasthan for this exercise. Indian Army will be represented by soldiers of the Dogra Regiment. This joint exercise will enable both the armies to share best practices in tactics, techniques and procedures at company and platoon level to neutralize threats from the enemy.

The spokesperson said, “During the exercise, participants will engage in a variety of tasks ranging from joint planning, joint tactical drills, sharing basics of special arms skills and raiding a hostile target. The joint exercise, besides promoting understanding and interoperability between the two armies, will further help in strengthening ties between India and Australia.”

‘Austra Hind’ is an annual event which will be held alternately in India and Australia. In this exercise, both the armies will share each other’s strategy and techniques to deal with the critical situations. Several plans have been made for the exercise. New generation devices and weapons will also be practiced.

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The joint exercise will promote understanding between the two armies as well as strengthen the ties between India and Australia. Earlier, the Assam Regiment of the Indian Army and the US had jointly conducted a military exercise in Uttarakhand. In this exercise, the focus was on disaster relief operations.

The Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA), signed by the two countries in April, was passed by Australia’s House of Representatives on Monday and the Senate cleared it on Tuesday. ECTA is set to enter into force 30 days after it is ratified by India’s Parliament.

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