India and UAE Forge Military Unity: ‘DESERT CYCLONE’ Joint Exercise Launches in Rajasthan

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In a landmark moment, India and the UAE embark on the inaugural ‘DESERT CYCLONE’ military exercise in Rajasthan, enhancing interoperability and strengthening bonds for shared security objectives.

New Delhi, January 03, 2024 – In a demonstration of strong bilateral ties and collaborative defense efforts, the first edition of the India-UAE Joint Military Exercise, ‘DESERT CYCLONE,‘ kicked off in Mahajan, Rajasthan. The UAE Land Forces contingent, consisting of 45 personnel from the Zayed First Brigade, arrived in India to participate in this significant military engagement.

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Scheduled to take place from January 2nd to January 15th, 2024, the exercise aims to bolster interoperability in Sub-conventional Operations, particularly in the challenging desert and semi-desert terrains. The focus lies on enhancing skills related to Fighting in Built-Up Areas (FIBUA) under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter on Peacekeeping Operations.

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Represented by a Battalion from the Mechanised Infantry Regiment, the Indian Army contingent is set to collaborate closely with their UAE counterparts. The joint effort is geared towards strengthening cooperation and interoperability during Peacekeeping Operations, reflecting the commitment of both nations to global peace and security.

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Key drills planned for the ‘DESERT CYCLONE’ exercise include the establishment of a Joint Surveillance Centre, Cordon and Search Operations, Domination of Built-Up Areas, and Heliborne Operations. By rehearsing these maneuvers, the participating forces aim to enhance their tactical capabilities and mutual understanding.

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The exercise also serves as a platform for fostering a collaborative partnership between India and the UAE, facilitating the exchange of best practices and promoting shared security objectives. ‘DESERT CYCLONE’ signifies a deeper level of friendship and trust between the two nations, contributing to the overall strengthening of their bilateral relations.

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As the first-of-its-kind military collaboration between India and the UAE unfolds, ‘DESERT CYCLONE’ stands as a testament to the commitment of both nations towards achieving common security goals and promoting regional stability.

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