A fourteen days Joint Training Exercise of the Indian Army with the Royal Thailand Army at Bakloh in Himachal Pradesh started with adventurous action from 3rd July 2017.
The aim of this Joint Exercise is to build and promote closer relations while exchanging skills and experiences between Royal Thailand Army (RTA) and the Indian Army. “Exercise Maitree 2017” is a continuation of a series of Joint Exercises between the Indian Army and the Royal Thailand Army.
The previous edition of the Exercise was held at Krabi, Thailand in 2016. This Joint Exercise will be conducted in a manner so as to acquaint both contingents with each other’s operating procedures in the backdrop of counter insurgency/ counter terrorism environment.
Earlier, the contingent from the Royal Thailand Army comprising of approximately 50 soldiers landed at Gaggal Airport on 02 July 2017. In the initial stages of the exercise both Armies would get familiar with the respective methodology of such operations, each other’s arms & equipment and command and control system. It will then graduate towards tactical understanding to enhance interoperability while carrying out operations to counter insurgency and terrorism. Maitree series of bilateral exercises has been one of the major defence cooperation initiatives between India and Thailand.