General Naravane reviews training exercise in Rajasthan
The Chief of Staff of the Army, General Manoj Mukund Naravane, recently reviewed Exercise Dakshin Shakti, which was conducted by the Southern Command of Pune in the training areas of Rajasthan and Gujarat .
General Naravane was on a two-day visit to Jaisalmer on Thursday and Friday. Over the past week, Indian Army units and formations have practiced tactical and operational maneuvers by its infantry, mechanized formations and airborne troops in a fluid battlefield environment using futuristic technologies. Various native airborne platforms such as Advanced Light Helicopter (Weapon System Integrated) and Swarm Drones, entangling artificial intelligence, were used during this exercise to test a cohesive operational and intelligence mechanism.
“The army chief congratulated the Southern Command for deploying and exploiting the capabilities of the indigenous equipment introduced under the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative. He also stressed the need to constantly evolve tactics, techniques and procedures to combat “future wars” as well as improving the capabilities of manned and unmanned systems, “read a press release from the army.
Dakshin Shakti took place with a central aspect of network-centric warfare – which denotes effective use of information technology and computer networking tools to form networks of various force elements in play on the battlefield. . Appropriately named Dakshin Shakti, designating the Southern Command area of responsibility, this exercise aimed to validate the combat readiness and operational effectiveness of Southern Army troops in an integrated and futuristic battlefield scenario.
As part of Dakshin Shakti, a multi-agency exercise – “Sagar Shakti” – was conducted, involving elements of the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, as well as as border security forces and the Gujarat State Security Mechanism. Sagar Shakti was conducted in the Creek sector of the Kutch Peninsula between November 19 and 22.
The exercise took place against the background of the soon-to-be-emerging Integrated Theater Commands which focus on the integrated operations of the three services. The exercise also tested the sensor-shooter grids which are systems that integrate the sensors.