India-Sri Lanka Joint Exercise “MITRA SHAKTI” 2023

On 16th November, 2023, the ninth edition of Joint Military exercise “Exercise MITRA SHAKTI-2023” commenced in Aundh (Pune).

Key Points

  • The aim of the exercise is to jointly rehearse conduct of Sub Conventional operations under Chapter VII of United Nations Charter.
  • The Scope of the exercise includes synergising joint responses during counter-terrorist operations.
  • The Indian contingent, of 120 personnel, is being represented mainly by troops from the MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY Regiment.
  • The Sri Lankan side is being represented by personnel from 53 Infantry Division. 15 personnel from Indian Air Force and five personnel from Sri Lankan Air Force are also participating in the exercise.
  • Both sides will practice tactical actions such as raid, search and destroy missions, heliborne operations, etc.
  • In addition, Army Martial Arts Routine (AMAR), combat reflex shooting and Yoga will also form part of the exercise curriculum.
  • It will also involve employment of Drones and Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems besides helicopters.
  • Drills to secure helipads and undertake casualty evacuation during counter-terrorist operations will also be rehearsed jointly by both sides.
  • Collective efforts will focus on achieving an enhanced level of interoperability amongst the troops and reduce the risk of life and property while keeping the interests and agenda of the UN at the forefront during peace keeping operations.
  • Sharing of best practices will further enhance the level of defence cooperation between Indian Army and Sri Lankan Army.
  • The exercise will also foster strong bilateral relations between the two neighbouring nations.