After LEMOA, it’s war games now

Background: India-US relations, Yudh Abhyas 2016, Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Understanding (LEMOA), Counter-Insurgency and Counter-Terrorism (CICT), United Nations charter.

  • As Indian and US troops began to assemble for counter-terrorism exercises in the hills of Uttarakhand from September 14 to 27, senior officials said they would soon discuss ways to enhance the scope and scale of exercises in tune with the deepening military cooperation.
  • While this is not the first time it is happening on this location, this is the first military exercise after the two countries signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Understanding.
  • The bilateral exercise comes against the backdrop of Pakistani media reports that Pakistan and Russia will hold their first joint military exercise later this year. Possible sale of Russian military hardware to Islamabad is on the cards.
  • Separately, China and Russia began naval war games on Sept 12 in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where India had joined the chorus for enforcing freedom of navigation and open sea lanes of communication.
  • The combined exercise Yudh Abhyas 2016 will simulate a scenario where both nations are working together in a counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism environment in mountainous terrain under a United Nations charter.

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