EXERCISE AJEYA WARRIOR-2020
Context: The 5th edition of Joint Military Exercise AJEYA WARRIOR-2020 between India and United Kingdom will be conducted at Salisbury Plains, United Kingdom from 13 to 26 February 2020.
The exercise is conducted alternatively in United Kingdom and India. The exercise will comprise of 120 soldiers each from Indian and United Kingdom Army who would be sharing their experiences gained during conduct of various counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations in the past. AIM: The aim of this exercise is to conduct company level joint training with emphasis on counter terrorists operation in Urban and Semi–Urban areas. SIGNIFICANCE: In the series of military training exercises undertaken by India with various countries, Exercise AJEYA WARRIOR with United Kingdom is an important exercise in terms of the security challenges faced by both the nations in the realm of changing facets of global terrorism. Further, Exercise AJEYA WARRIOR will promote defence cooperation and enhance interoperability while sharing experiences between both the armies. OTHER EXERCISES: India and UK hold joint naval exercises called Konkan exercise from 2004. The countries also hold Indra Dhanush Exercise since 2006. Indra Dhanush is a joint air-to-air exercise. LOCATION DETAILS: Salisbury Plains are located in Chalk Plateau. The plains are famous for archaeological monument Stonehenge which was built in Neolithic and Bronze age between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. It is one of the World Heritage Site of UNESCO. Archaeologists believe that Stonehenge would have been a burial ground. Deposits of human bones were found in the site that were dated to 3000 BC.
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