T -90 tank lined up for night assault on obstacle during Ex-Sindhu Sudarshan.
T -90 tank lined up for night assault on obstacle during Ex-Sindhu Sudarshan.

The Strike Corps of Southern Army is conducting exercise Sindhu Sudarshan in the open deserts of Rajasthan to hone their combat skills for executing a swift, intense and deep strike in deserts and semi-developed terrain.

Approximately 40,000 troops, 700 x ‘A’ Vehicles and 300 x Guns of Sudarshan Chakra Corps of Southern Command are undertaking a massive exercise in the deserts of Rajasthan showcasing their ability to undertake large scale offensive manoeuvres as part of an integrated air land battle.

The indigenously manufactured MBRL PINAKA in action during Ex-Sindhu Sudarshan.
The indigenously manufactured MBRL PINAKA in action during Ex-Sindhu Sudarshan.

The synergy of information and technology to attain battle field transparency and situational awareness along with numerous other force multipliers are being exploited during the exercise.

In this exercise the newly inducted armed helicopter Rudra, equipped with electro-optical pods, helmet mounted sights and night vision goggles is being integrated with the manouevres of the mechanised formations.

The recently inducted 155 mm K-9 Vajra endowed with rapid mobility, quick deployment and high rates of accurate fire is also being op validated by integrating it with the operational manoeuvres of other mechanized elements.

Smerch Rocket System displays Shoot and Scoot capability during Ex- Sindhu Sudarshan.
Smerch Rocket System displays Shoot and Scoot capability during Ex- Sindhu Sudarshan.

The various battle groups participating in the exercise have undergone extensive training for the past two months to validate their operational plans.The operational readiness showcased by the mechanised battle groups of the Sudarshan Chakra Corps in a network enabled environment using multiplestate of the art force multipliers has reaffirmed the tremendous asymmetry enjoyed by the Indian Army in Southern theater over its adversary.

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