As part of the defence cooperation in the Middle East, the Indian Military Academy is set to train the soldiers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A 20 member contingent of the UAE has already reached the Indian Military Academy as part of the programme on Wednesday, as informed by Lt Col Dagar.
The training will continue for seven weeks starting from July 18 and ending on August 31. As per Lt Col Dagar, the training will involve various drills which are considered as the bedrock of the discipline in the armed forces. He said that this interaction among the soldiers of both countries would go a long way in enhancing the relations between the two countries.
The army has been facilitating this kind of training engagements with a large number of militaries. But this is the first time that the UAE troopers will receive training at the IMA. However, the UAE had participated in the Republic Day parade in 2017 as a leading contingent.
The Indian Armed Forces have been participating in similar defence cooperation programmes with other countries also. Last year in the month of December, the tenth edition of INDRA NAVY maritime exercise between India and Russia was concluded in the Bay of Bengal near Visakhapatanam coast, Andhra Pradesh. It was a joint bi-annual military exercise organised between December 9 to 16. The exercise aimed at increasing interoperability and developing common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations between the navies of India and Russia.