Ajeya Warrior

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Mar 17, 2022, 6:19

Ajeya Warrior is a bilateral military exercise conducted by India and the United Kingdom. Both nations' military forces take part in this combined military drill.

The 6th edition of the India-UK Joint Company Level Military Training Ajeya Warrior exercise recently took place in Chaubatia, Uttarakhand, from 7th to 20th October 2021.

Vital Facts About the Ajeya Warrior Exercise

  • The drill is part of a larger strategy to improve interoperability and share skills, experience, and expertise with allied foreign powers.
  • Through this exercise, an Infantry Company from the Indian Army and an equivalent force from the United Kingdom Army gets to share their experiences garnered during various military actions in their respective nations along with abroad conflicts.
  • Both armies profit from their diverse experiences if they work together.
  • Both Forces get the opportunity to acquaint themselves with each other's weaponry, types of equipment, tactics, procedures, and strategies for conducting combined military operations as part of the training.
  • A series of expert academic discussions are conducted on diverse matters of shared interest, such as the Combined Arms Concept, Sharing of Joint Force Experiences, Operation Logistics, etc.
  • In 2013, the first bilateral military exercise took place. The Ajeya Warrior exercise was held for the second and third time in 2015 and 2017, respectively.
  • The Ajeya Warrior 2021 was the most recent exercise which took place in Chaubatia, Uttarakhand, in October 2021. The previous (fifth) edition was held in the United Kingdom in 2020.

Ajeya Warrior Exercise Objectives

  • Train the army personnel of both nations for counter-terrorism and insurgency operations.
  • To advance strategic ties between India and the United Kingdom.
  • To acquire operation experience and expertise from the bilateral military training campaign.

The Prominence of the Ajeya Warrior Exercise

  • The collaborative military training culminates in a forty-eight-hour exercise to substantiate both forces' proficiency in executing joint combat operations in a semi-urban environment.
  • This joint military training helps improve diplomatic relations between the two countries and would prove to be a significant advance toward further enhancing the two countries' long-standing relationship.

The Ajeya Warrior Exercise is designed to provide company-level joint training focused on counter-terrorism operations in urban and semi-urban settings. Training on current weapon systems, equipment, and simulators are also on the agenda.

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FAQs on Ajeya Warrior

Q.1. When did the latest edition of the Ajeya Warrior exercise take place?

The 6th edition of the India-UK Joint Company Level Military Training Ajeya Warrior exercise recently took place in Chaubatia, Uttarakhand, from 7th to 20th October 2021.

Q.2 Which other joint military exercises do India and the United Kingdom conduct?

The other joint military exercises conducted are the Konkan exercise between the navies and the Indradhanush exercise between the two nations' air forces, which were introduced in 2004 and 2006, respectively.

Q.3. How is the Ajeya Warrior exercise conducted?

As part of the exercise, the forces exchange their experiences from previous counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations. Participants also receive instruction in combat weaponry, rock climbing, wilderness survival, and unarmed combat martial arts.

Q.4. What were the key considerations in the MoU struck between India and the United Kingdom in 2018?

Both countries signed ten Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) in 2018 inclusive of- the Cyber-Relationship Framework, use of safe Nuclear Energy, and sharing of criminal records.