India-UAE joint military exercise Desert Cyclone begins in Rajasthan

The UAE Land Forces contingent comprising 45 personnel arrived in India to participate in the first edition of the joint bilateral military exercise ‘Desert Cyclone’.

India and UAE military are participating in the Desert Cyclone exercise in Rajasthan. Photo Courtesy; PIB

The exercise is scheduled to be conducted in Mahajan, Rajasthan, from January 2 to January 15.

The UAE contingent is being represented by troops from the Zayed First Brigade.  

“The Indian Army contingent comprising 45 personnel is being represented mainly by a Battalion from the Mechanised Infantry Regiment,” read a statement issued by the Indian government.

The Exercise aims to enhance interoperability in Sub-conventional Operations, including Fighting in Built-Up Area (FIBUA) in desert/ semi desert terrain under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter on Peace Keeping Operations.

The exercise will enhance cooperation and interoperability between both sides during Peace Keeping Operations.

“Drills planned to be rehearsed during Exercise ‘Desert Cyclone’ include the Establishment of a Joint Surveillance Centre, Cordon and Search Operation, Domination of Built-Up Area and Heliborne Operations. The Exercise will also foster collaborative partnership and help in sharing best practices between the two sides,” the statement said

Exercise ‘Desert Cyclone’ signifies further strengthening of bonds of friendship and trust between India and the UAE. The Exercise aims to achieve shared security objectives and foster bilateral relations between two friendly nations.