Joint Indo-Thai­land Mil­i­tary Ex­er­cise – Ex­er­cise Maitree 2017

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

Indo-Thai­land re­la­tions are mul­ti­fac­eted and founded on his­tor­i­cal link­ages. Both coun­tries have a his­tory of ex­ten­sive co­op­er­a­tion. Tak­ing it for­ward, Armies of In­dia and Thai­land have been con­duct­ing the yearly Joint Train­ing Ex­er­cise named Ex Maitree. This year the Ex­er­cise is be­ing con­ducted from July 3 to 17, 2017, at Bak­loh, Hi­machal Pradesh.

Ap­prox­i­mately 50 troops from Royal Thai­land Army and an equal num­ber of In­dian sol­diers from the North­ern Com­mand will par­tic­i­pate in the ex­er­cise. The aim of the ex­er­cise is to build and pro­mote bi­lat­eral Army-to-Army re­la­tions and en­hance in­ter­op­er­abil­ity be­tween the two armies.

The two week long ex­er­cise is sched­uled to be con­ducted in mul­ti­ple mod­ules in or­der to achieve com­plete in­te­gra­tion be­tween the two con­tin­gents at ev­ery stage. As part of the ex­er­cise the two Armies will jointly plan and ex­e­cute a se­ries of well de­vel­oped drills for neu­tral­i­sa­tion of likely threats that may be en­coun­tered in counter ter­ror­ism en­vi­ron­ment. Con­duct of Ex Maitree 2017 would go a long way in en­hanc­ing de­fence co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

The con­tin­gent from the Royal Thai­land Army landed at Gag­gal Air­port on July 2, 2017. The ex­er­cise is des­ig­nated to en­hance mul­ti­ple evel co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two armies and im­prov­ing un­der­stand­ing of each other’s tac­ti­cal drills and ac­tions for coun­ter­ing in­sur­gency and counter ter­ror­ism.

Main­te­nance of en­hanced mil­i­tary to mil­i­tary con­tact will be mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial. Maitree se­ries of bi­lat­eral ex­er­cises have been one of the ma­jor de­fence co­op­er­a­tion ini­tia­tives be­tween In­dia and Thai­land.

So far, since the start of the Ex­er­cises, they have held dis­play of un­armed com­bat, and modus operandi of es­tab­lish­ing mo­bile check posts, to neu­tral­ize the ter­ror­ists es­cap­ing in a ve­hi­cle. Af­ter the above demonstrations, troops from both the armies re­hearsed the drills jointly and shared each other’s mi­nor tac­ti­cal drills. In ad­di­tion, the Royal Thai­land Army troops were also fa­mil­iar­ized with the han­dling of INSAS Ri­fle be­fore com­menc­ing the live fir­ing which is sched­uled to be or­gan­ised in the com­ing days of the ex­er­cise. On July 4, 2017, in the evening evening, troops from Royal Thai­land Army en­joyed learn­ing Cricket from their In­dian coun­ter­parts.

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