A fortnight-long training exercise, which was conducted as a follow up to ‘Exercise Shatrujeet’, concluded in Suratgarh area of Rajasthan. The exercise ‘Chakravyuh-II’ was held by the pivot formations of the Indian Army and involved rapid mobilisation and execution of plans in sync with the Air Force in the desert terrain and was declared a success. It validated the battle readiness and operational effectiveness of the RAPID Division along with all its affiliated components. The exercise had elements depicting opposing forces to add realism in planning and execution and was conducted in various phases. Senior officers of Pivot Corps witnessed the operational maneuvers of the Division.
Did You Know?
- The Indian Army was formed in 1776, under the government of the East India Company in Kolkata.
- The Indian Army has about 53 cantonments and 9 army bases, spread across India.
- The Siachen Glacier, 5000 metres above sea level, is the highest battlefield in the world. And the Indian Army controls it.
- The Indian Army has a cavalry regiment. There are only 3 such regiments in the world.
- The Indian Army is one of the biggest troop contributors to the United Nations peace making operations.
- The Battle of Longewala was fought in December 1971 between India and Pakistan, in which just 120 Indian soldiers with one jeep mounted with a M40 recoilless rifle held the fort against 2000 Pakistani soldiers backed by 45 tanks and one mobile infantry brigade. Despite being so heavily outnumbered, the Indian soldiers held their ground throughout the night and with the help of the Air Force, were able to completely rout the aggressors.