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India-Malaysia Joint Military Exercise

India-Malaysia Joint Military Exercise: The joint military exercise “Harimau Shakti 2022” between Malaysia and India began in Pulai, Kluang, Malaysia. The Indian and Malaysian armies’ yearly training exercise will come to a close on December 12th, 2022. Malaysia will host the military drill for the ensuing two weeks. Joint army operations will be conducted by both countries’ armies.

India-Malaysia Joint Military Exercise: Key Points

● The joint exercise schedule calls for the establishment of a joint command post, joint surveillance center, sharing of expertise in the use of aerial assets, technical demonstrations, casualty management, and casualty evacuation.
● A two-day validation exercise will follow joint field training drills, combat debates, and displays.
● These training sessions improve defence collaboration and establish enduring friendships.
● The Indian Army and the Malaysian Army’s defence cooperation will be strengthened via the Joint Military Exercise Harimau Shakti 2022. As a result, the two countries’ bilateral relations would also improve.

Joint Army to Army Operations for Mutual Benefit:

Joint activities would encompass both training and operations in the Harimau Shakti 2022 exercise. The drill included combat-trained soldiers from the Royal Malay Regiment of the Malaysian Army and the Garhwal Rifles Regiment of the Indian Army. The exercise’s main objective this year is to improve interoperability in the planning and execution of different missions in jungle terrain. This exercise’s scope includes a company-level Field Training Exercise (FTX) on unconventional operations and a battalion-level Command Planning Exercise (CPX).

One of the key nations for India’s Look East and Act East policy is Malaysia. 7.2% of Malaysia’s population is of Indian descent. The political, economic, and sociocultural ties between the two nations are strong. Regular military drills between the two nations serve to strengthen the alliance.

Deepening ties of India-Malaysia Relations:

The Armed Forces of Malaysia and India held all three joint exercises in one calendar year, which makes this joint military exercise special. Joint Air Exercise Udara Shakti, Joint Naval Exercise Samdura Laksamana, and the current Joint Military Exercise were all held in 2022.

INS Satpura and the cruisers KD Perak and KD Badik of the Royal Malaysian Navy participated in the Joint Naval Exercise Samdura Laksamana, which served as a field training exercise. With an awareness of shared marine operating procedures, everything was carried out successfully. Different aerial combat drills between the two Air Forces were conducted during the Joint Air Exercise Udara Shakti. Su-30 MKI and C-17 aircraft from the Indian Air Force and Su-30 MKM aircraft from the Malaysian Air Force both took part in the air exercise.

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