AFINDEX training exercise to start from March 18

AFINDEX training exercise to start from March 18

Pune: The Africa-India Joint Field Training Exercise (AFINDEX-19) between the Indian Army and 16 African nations will be conducted in Pune from March 18 to 27. 

Ten personnel each from the participating nations from the African continent and personnel of Maratha Light Infantry of Indian Army will participate in this 10-day joint training exercise, which will be conducted at two locations in Pune i.e. Foreign Training Node at Aundh Military Station and College of Military Engineering (CME), Dapodi. 

The aim of the exercise is to train the participating contingents in Humanitarian Mine Assistance (HMA) and Peace Keeping Operations (PKO) under the United Nations Charter. In addition to the participating nations from the African Continent, the officers from Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar will also attend the exercise as observers.

The joint exercise focuses on incorporating the current dynamics of the United Nations Peace Keeping Operations through practical and comprehensive discussions and tactical exercises. The exercise will focus on achieving interoperability, learning each other’s methodologies and tactics through synchronised operational level planning and tactical level training.

The exercise will cover the dynamics of raising a Mission Headquarters, nuances of establishing a military observer team sites in disturbed areas requiring United Nations Peace Keeping Force. The tactical aspects of various tasks to be undertaken by the Peace Keeping Force, which includes protection of civilians, the establishment of a standing combat deployment, convoy protection, aspects of patrolling and understanding rules of engagements under Chapter VII of United Nations Charter for Peace Keeping missions, will also be covered.

The nuances of Humanitarian Mine Assistance being covered will include establishment & functioning of Mine Action Teams (MAC), identification and survey of contaminated areas and mechanical/manual demining techniques.

An equipment display of all indigenously developed defence related equipment is also planned on March 26 and 27 during the exercise under the aegis of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) at the Foreign Training Node, Aundh. 

Major players from both the Civil and Defence industries will establish stalls and showcase their military hardware in an attempt to globalise the indigenous defence products.

“The joint field training exercise will greatly facilitate sharing of our Armed Forces’ experiences in UN Peace Keeping Operations with the countries in Africa and would significantly enhance relations with the African continent,” a press release from Army stated.

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