List of Military Exercises of Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force with other countries


  • Indian Armed forces participate in many Military exercises across the world. The main purpose of these Military exercises is to enhance cooperation in the field of Defense and to test the performance of the Armed forces.
  • The military exercises of India are primarily of three types:
    • Bilateral: When only two countries participate in a Military exercise, it is called a bilateral military exercise.
    • Multilateral: When multiple nations participate in a Military exercise, it is known as a multilateral military exercise.
    • Domestic: The military exercise conducted inter-services or intra-services of the armed forces is called Domestic military exercises.
  • The military exercises can also be classified on the basis of a branch of the Armed forces such as Army exercise, Naval Exercise, and Air force exercise.
  • Tri-service Military exercise: The military exercise in which all branches of armed force participate.

List of Bilateral Military Exercises of Indian Army, Indian Airforce and Indian Navy

Military Exercise

Participants

 Type of Exercise

First Edition

Vajra Prahar

India- United States

Army

2010 (India)

Yudh Abhyas

Army

2004 (Mizoram)

RED FLAG

Air Force

1975 (Nevada)

India joined for the first time in 2008 in Nevada.

Tiger Triumph

Triservice

2019 (Visakhapatnam and Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh)

Austra Hind

 

India -Australia

 

Army

 

AUSINDEX

Navy

2015 (India)

Sampriti

 

India – Bangladesh

Army

2009 (Assam, India)

IN-BN CORPAT

Navy

2018 (Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh)

Bongosagar

Navy

2019

Hand In Hand

India -China

Army

2007 (China)

Chang Thang

Army

Rare exercise

Latest held in 2019 in Ladakh

Shakti

 

India -France

 

Army

2011 (Chaubatia, Uttarakhand)

VARUNA

Navy

1983

Garuda

Army

2003 (Gwalior, MP)

Garuda Shakti

 

India -Indonesia

 

Army

2012

IND-INDO CORPAT

Navy

2002

IND-INDO BILAT

Navy

2015

Samudra Shakti

Navy

2018 (Indonesia)

SHINYUU Maitri

 

India -Japan

Air force

2019 (West Bengal, India)

Dharma Guardian

Joint military exercise

2018 (Mizoram, India)

Sahyog-Kaijin

Coast Guards

 

JIMEX

Navy (biennial)

2012 (Japan)

Prabal Dostyk

India -Kazakhstan

Army

2017 (Himachal Pradesh, India)

Khanjar

India -Kyrgyzstan

Army

2011 (Nahan, India)

Ekuverin

India -Maldives

Army

2009 (Pune, India)

Harimau Shakti

India -Malaysia

Army

2018 (Malaysia)

Nomadic Elephant

India -Mongolia

Army

2004 (Mongolia)

Imbex

India -Myanmar

 

Army

2017 (Meghalaya)

IMCOR

Navy

2013

Surya Kiran

India -Nepal

Army

2011 (Vairengte, India)

AL NAGAH

 

India -Oman

 

Army

2015 (Oman)

Naseem-al-Bahr

Navy

1993

EASTERN BRIDGE

Air Force (biennial)

2009 (Oman)

Za’ir-Al-Bahr (Roar of the sea)

India -Qatar

Navy

2019 (Doha, Qatar)

INDRA

India -Russia

Tri-services (biennial)

Began as single service exercise in 2003.

First joint tri-services exercise was held in 2017 in Russia.

LAMITYE

India -Seychelles

Army (biennial)

2001

SIMBEX

India -Singapore

Navy

1994

MITRA SHAKTI

 

India -Sri Lanka

 

Army

2014 (Sri Lanka)

SLINEX

Navy

2005

MAITREE

India -Thailand

Army

2006

AJEYA WARRIOR

 

India -United Kingdom

 

Army

2005

KONKAN

Navy

2004

Indradhanush

Air Force

2006 (India)

DESERT EAGLE

India -UAE

Air Force

2008 (UAE)

Dustlik

India-Uzbekistan

Army

2019 (Uzbekistan)

VINBAX

India -Vietnam

Army

2018 (Jabalpur, MP, India)

 

Multilateral Exercises of Indian Army, Indian Airforce and Indian Navy

Military Exercise

Participants

 Type of Exercise

First Edition

IBSAMAR

India, Brazil & South Africa

Navy

2008- South Africa

Blue Flag

India, Israel, USA, Poland, Greece, Italy, UK

Air Force

2013 (Israel)

India participated for the first time in 2017

MALABAR 2020

India, United States, Australia and Japan

Navy

1992- Bilateral exercise- USA and India- held in India’s west coast

2015-Japan joined permanently- held in Bay of Bengal

2020- Australia joined- held in Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea

Milex

Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)- India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand

Field training military exercise

2018-Pune

PASSEX 2020

India- Russia, USA, Australia, Vietnam

Navy

 

SITMEX

India, Thailand and Singapore

Navy

2019 (Port Blair, India)

TSENTR 2019

Russia, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan

Army

Exercise Tsentr is part of the Russian armed forces’ annual training cycle. It became international with Belarus joining in 2017 and China and Mongolia in 2018.

Pitch Black

Canada, France (New Caledonia), Germany, Indonesia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and the United States

Air Force

1981- Australia

Indian Air Force participated for the first time in 2018.

 

Domestic Exercises of Indian Armed Forces

Military Exercise

Participants

Suraksha Kavach

Joint Anti-Terrorist Exercise between Army and Police

Bull Strike

Army, Navy and Air Force of Andaman and Nicobar Command.

HimVijay

Army's mountain combat exercise

Changthang Prahar

Indian Army

Drad Sankalp

Indian Army

Shatrujeet

Indian Army

Megh Prahar

Indian Army

Chakravyuh

Indian Army

Gandiv Vijay

South Western Command of Indian Army

Vayu Shakti

Air force

Gagan Shakti

Air force

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