Exercise Kavach: It's about fine-tuning India's ability to wage wars
In an effort to further enhance joint war-fighting capabilities and operational synergy, a large scale joint coastal security exercise Kavach will be conducted in the coming week under the aegis of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, the only Joint Forces Command of the country. Anish Singh reports.
The exercise will be carried out by involving assets of Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force and Indian Coast Guard.
The exercise would involve participation and deployment of elements of Army's Amphibious Brigade along with supporting forces including Special Forces of Navy, armour and mechanised components, naval ships comprising destroyers, ASW corvettes and landing ships with ship-borne helicopters of Eastern Naval Command and ANC, Jaguar maritime strike and transport aircraft from Indian Air Force and assets of Coast Guard.
"The exercise involves the synergised application of maritime surveillance assets, coordinated air and maritime strikes, air defence, submarine and landing operations," the defence ministry said.
Concurrently Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance exercise involving various technical, electronic and human intelligence from three services will be conducted.
The ISR exercise will validate the capabilities of intelligence gathering from space, air, land and sea-based assets/ sensors, its analysis and sharing to achieve battlefield transparency for quick decision making at different stages of operations.
The joint force would execute multi-domain, high-intensity offensive and defensive manoeuvres in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal and carry out amphibious landing operations, air landed operation, helicopters-borne insertion of Special Forces from sea culminating in tactical follow-on operations on land.