Last month Western Army began its summer training in Central Punjab and J&K to test and validate the operational and transformational effectiveness of its formations. The exercises have entered the culmination phase today. As part of the summer collective training manoeuvres, various formations of the Rising Star Corps comprising approximately twenty thousand soldiers, and a plethora of state of the art weapon systems are practicing manoeuvres by day and night under near war like conditions. The exercise envisages sustained manoeuvres, in a air land battle with complete integration of Air Force. The exercise aims to test the preparedness level of forces, as a part of the Integrated Theatre Battle. Employment of new age technology, new concepts, organisational structures and networked operations is also being validated.
Lt Gen SR Ghosh, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Command witnessed predominant battle manoeuvres of infantry, mechanised infantry, tanks, artillery, Heliborne troops and surveillance
equipment. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and attack helicopters were also coopted in the operational scenario. Many senior military officers from Western Command and Rising Star Corps were also present to witness the battle preparedness exercise.
While the acquisition of high technology weaponry and war fighting support systems are important pre requisite to success in battle, honing the skills of the ‘man behind the machine’ to apply infinite technology advancements in the fog of war and extreme conditions was put to test during the conduct of the exercise.