India-Kazakhstan Joint Exercise ‘Prabal Dostyk–16’
As a part of India’s continued efforts to strengthen Indo-Kazakhstan relations, troops of Indian & Kazakhstan Army are presently engaging in a joint exercise ‘Prabal Dostyk – 16. The Indian Army is being represented by a platoon strength. The Kazakhstan Army contingent comprise of platoon from Special Operating Force’s Unit. A pioneering endeavour with the Kazakhstan Army, the exercise is being conducted in Karaganda region of Kazakhstan and will conclude on September 17, 2016.
The primary aim of the 14-day exercise will be to enhance interoperability while undertaking counter terrorism & counter-insurgency operations in rural and semi-urban environment under the umbrella of United Nations. The exercise will be conducted in two stages: first stage will be to familiarise with each others tactics, drills, weapons & equipment, whereas in the second stage troops of both the armies will graduate to jointly execute a helicopter borne operation in a simulated environment. Combat battle drills and physical fitness will be the focal point of the exercise.
‘Prabal Dostyk’ meaning ‘Robust Friendship’ will be a significant step towards fostering military as well as diplomatic ties between both countries.