Ex­er­cise Shoorveer

SP's LandForces - - SP’S EXCLUSIVE -

HE IN­DIAN ARMY AND In­dian Air Force (IAF) have com­pleted one of their most com­plex in­te­grated the­atre bat­tle con­cept ex­er­cises in the deserts of Ra­jasthan, Ex­er­cise Shoorveer. With the elite 1 Strike Corps in the lead, sup­ported by the Chetak Corps and all other rel­e­vant el­e­ments of South Western Army Com­mand, the for­ma­tions tested brand new bat­tle fight­ing con­cepts and doc­trines with heavy duty real time im­ages of the bat­tle zone beamed to a cen­tralised com­mand and con­trol cen­tre from plat­forms that in­cluded fighter jets, un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles (UAV) and at­tack he­li­copters, all com­ing to­gether to wage war in net­work-cen­tric en­vi­ron­ment. The ex­er­cise in­cluded massed tank drills backed by long-range ar­tillery guns. More than 300 com­bat ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing main bat­tle tanks T-90, T-72, long-range 150mm ar­tillery guns, multi-bar­rel rock­ets and about 60,000 troops in Shoorveer.

A stand­out fea­ture of the ex­er­cise was the in­te­grated air-land war-fight­ing ma­chin­ery and the syn­ergy be­tween the In­dian Army and IAF, which fielded its Sukhoi-30 MKI, MiG-29, MiG-21 Bi­son, Chee­tah, Chetak and Mi-25 at­tack he­li­copters. Tac­ti­cal trans­ports like the new Her­cules C-130J air­craft and up­graded An-32s also took part in the ex­er­cise. The air doc­trine be­ing tested is based on the sup­po­si­tion that counter sur­face force op­er­a­tions are cru­cial to the over­all suc­cess of the land op­er­a­tions. The IAF’s Mi-17s en­gaged in Spe­cial He­li­borne Op­er­a­tions (SHBO). The com­bat sup­port role in­volved air­borne as­sault op­er­a­tions, where a large num­ber of para­troop­ers were para-dropped into the op­er­a­tional area dur­ing the ex­er­cise.

This was the fi­nal the­atre con­cept ex­er­cise based on a trans­for­ma­tional study of the In­dian Army pi­o­neered by Army Chief Gen­eral V.K. Singh. It was the fi­nal ex­er­cise he wit­nessed be­fore re­tir­ing at the end of May. The con­cepts in­tro­duced in his study were based on or­gan­i­sa­tional struc­tures and ab­sorp­tion of new age tech­nolo­gies, par­tic­u­larly in the fields of pre­ci­sion mu­ni­tions, ad­vanced sur­veil­lance sys­tem, space and net­work-cen­tric­ity.

—SP’s Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

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