India-UAE Joint Military Exercise ‘Desert Cyclone’ Boosts Interoperability and Cooperation

The collaborative military exercise ‘Desert Cyclone’ between India and the UAE is presently underway in Rajasthan, with the primary objective of bolstering interoperability and exchanging best operational practices. The joint endeavor, which spans two weeks, kicked off on January 2, with the arrival of the UAE Land Forces contingent to participate in the inaugural edition of this exercise.

According to a press statement from the Ministry of Defence, the exercise involves 45 personnel from each country and is set to continue until January 15, taking place in Mahajan, Rajasthan. The UAE contingent is represented by troops from the Zayed First Brigade, while the Indian Army contingent comprises 45 personnel, primarily from a battalion in the Mechanised Infantry Regiment.

The overarching goal of ‘Desert Cyclone’ is to enhance interoperability, particularly in sub-conventional operations like fighting in built-up areas (FIBUA), within desert or semi-desert terrains as specified under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter on Peacekeeping Operations. The exercise seeks to improve cooperation and interoperability between the Indian and UAE armed forces, particularly during peacekeeping operations.

Planned drills during the exercise include the establishment of a Joint Surveillance Centre, Cordon and Search Operation, Domination of Built-Up Area, and Heliborne Operations. ‘Desert Cyclone’ is designed not only to build collaborative partnerships but also to facilitate the sharing of best practices between the participating nations.

The joint military exercise signifies the deepening of bonds of friendship and trust between India and the UAE. Beyond enhancing shared security objectives, ‘Desert Cyclone’ aims to foster bilateral relations, exemplifying the commitment to cooperation and mutual understanding between these two friendly nations.

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