Indo-Malaysian armies to train to­gether

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New Delhi: The In­dian and Malaysian armies will par­tic­i­pate in a two-week train­ing ex­er­cise fo­cus­ing on counter-ter­ror op­er­a­tions in jun­gle ter­rains, as both coun­tries face chal­lenges when com­bat­ing in­sur­gen­cies in tough for­est con­di­tions.

The ex­er­cise will be held in Malaysia soon af­ter the mil­i­tary drills car­ried out by China in the South China Sea last week, dubbed to be one of the big­gest ex­er­cises by them in re­cent time in the dis­puted re­gion. The ex­er­cise will be held in Sun­gai Perdik, Hulu Lan­gat and Se­lan­gor.

Sched­uled to be car­ried out in two phases, the Malaysian Army will have 113 per­son­nel while the In­dian con­tin­gent com­pris­ing 90 troops will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ex­er­cise. “Train­ing and ex­chang­ing ideas on search and de­stroy op­er­a­tions, am­bush tech­niques, jun­gle sur­vival and pre­par­ing against im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices will be part of the ex­er­cise,” said Army spokesman Colonel Amand Anand.

The fi­nal de­ci­sion to go ahead with the ex­er­cise was taken two months ago in Kaula Lumpur.

Sources said an ex­er­cise be­tween the two armies in Malaysia was agreed upon twice ear­lier too, but were later can­celled.

The last such Army ex­er­cise — Hari­mau Shakti — was held in Malaysia in 2012. This was the first such train­ing pro­gramme be­tween the two coun­tries.

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