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India,Kazakhstan start joint military drill ‘KAZIND-22’ in Meghalaya

Current Affairs

  • The 6th Edition of Indo – Kazakhstan joint training exercise “KAZIND-22” is conducted at Umroi (Meghalaya) from 15 to 28 December 2022.
  • The scope of this exercise involves a Command Post Exercise (CPX) at the Battalion level and Company level Field Training Exercise (FTX) on sub-conventional operations.
  • During the exercise, participants will engage in a variety of missions ranging from joint planning, joint tactical drills, basics of special arms skills, HADR, and raiding a hostile target.
  • The two countries instituted a joint annual training exercise in 2016 as ‘Exercise Prabal Dostyk’, which was later upgraded to a company-level exercise and renamed ‘Exercise Kazind’ in 2018.
  • Kazakhstan Army soldiers comprising of troops from the Regional Command, and South and Indian Army soldiers from the 11 Gorkha Rifles will be participating in the exercise.
  • Aim of the exercise is to build positive military relations, imbibe each other’s best practices and promote the ability to operate together while undertaking counter-terrorist operations in semi-urban / jungle scenarios, under a UN peace enforcement mandate.
  • “Exercise KAZIND” will raise the level of defense cooperation between the Indian Army and Kazakhstan Army which will further boost bilateral relations between the two countries.

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