New Delhi (India), December 10, 2010 (ANI): Major General Chris Field, Australian Army, called Lt. General M.V. Suchindra Kumar (Deputy Chief of Army Staff) met with him to discuss ways to strengthen defense ties. “Maj General Chris Field of the @AustralianArmy called Lt Gen MV Suchindra Kumar DCOAS(Strat) and discussed the ongoing joint Exercise #AustraHind among both Armies as well as ways to further increase bilateral defence cooperation,” a tweet from the official handle of Additional Directorate General of Public Information, Indian Army read.
The joint military exercise of India and Australia’Hind-22′ took place at Rajasthan’s Mahajan Field Firing Range, November 28. It centered on peacekeeping operations within the UN mandate.
The exercise will be held from December 11 through 11, and aims to strengthen military relations, share best practices, encourage cooperation, and to foster military ties.
The troops exchanged their drone technology expertise during the ongoing joint drills. “Troops from #IndianArmy & @AustralianArmy exchanged expertise in the use of cutting-edge #drone technology, including #nanodronesin combat,” the Indian Army (@adgpi), tweeted. The contingent from Australia includes soldiers from the 13th Brigade and 2nd Divisions. While the Indian Army is represented in Dogra Regiment troops. According to the Defence Ministry, the exercise was designed to foster positive military relations and to learn from each other best practices. It also promoted cooperation in multi-domain operations in semi deserts terrain.
The yearly event’Austra Hind’ will alternately be held in India or Australia.