Troops of Indian Armed Forces and Australian forces began their joint military exercise AustraHind on November 22 at Perth in Australia. The Indian contingent of 81 personnel, including 60 from the Indian Army, 20 from Indian Air Force and 1 from Indian Navy reached Perth on November 22. The 14-day joint military exercise aims to foster collaborative partnership and share best practices between the two sides.
The Australian contingent includes 20 personnel each from the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force.
The AustraHind exercise was inaugurated in 2022, with its first edition held in Mahajan, Rajasthan. It is planned as an annual training event to be conducted alternately in India and Australia.
It aims to promote interoperability while undertaking multi-domain operations in urban and semi-urban terrains under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter on peacekeeping operations. The joint exercise will facilitate the exchange of ideas and the joint rehearsal of tactics, techniques, and procedures for conducting tactical operations.
AustraHind’s training curriculum includes sniper firing and the joint operation of surveillance and communication equipment to achieve a high degree of situational awareness. In addition to tactical actions at the company or battalion level, the exercise also involves the rehearsal of casualty management and evacuation procedures.