India-Bangladesh military exercise begins in Meghalaya

A joint India and Bangladesh military training exercise SAMPRITI-IX began at UMROI, Meghalaya on Monday as part of the ongoing defence cooperation between the neighbours.

Exercise SAMPRITI is an 'important' bilateral defence cooperation endeavour between India and Bangladesh and will be the ninth edition of the exercise which is hosted alternately by both countries, the Indian government said.

During the exercise till February 16, a Command Post Exercise (CPX) and a Field Training Exercise (FTX) will be conducted.
For both the CPX and FTX, a scenario where both nations are working together in a Counter Terrorism environment will be simulated under the UN Charter.

The FTX curriculum is progressively planned where the participants will initially get familiar with each others organizational structure and tactical drills. Subsequently, joint tactical exercise will be conducted wherein the battle drills of both the armies will be practiced, read a statement.

The training will culminate with a final validation exercise in which troops of both armies will jointly practice a Counter Terrorist Operation in a controlled and simulated environment.

In addition, to understand each other at tactical level, greater cultural understanding will be emphasised to strengthen military trust and cooperation between two nations.