Singapore Conducts Land Exercise in India

By admin • March 30th, 2010

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India and Singapore are on the path to better defence ties and inter-operability of the defence forces, as the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) commences its month long training in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Due to limited space within Singapore’s territorial land and waters, crucial training programmes are held in other countries like India.

The Armed Forces of Singapore have now deployed its ‘Bionix’ armoured personnel carriers and ‘Bronco’ all-terrain tracked vehicles to India following the F-16 fighter planes. The SAF is conducting intensive combat training with 38 armoured vehicles from the 46th armoured regiment of the SAF. The SAF has also tugged along ‘Spike’ anti-tank guided missiles and other advanced equipment and weaponry for the exercise.

India and Singapore had signed a crucial military pact in 2008 that has culminated in these extensive training exercises of the SAF in India. While bilateral defence cooperation between India and Singapore was formalised in 2003, both have fostered stronger defence ties by conducting these exercises. The Indian Air Force also benefit by getting a closer look at the sophisticated weaponry and fighter planes of the  SAF, such as the F-16 fighters.

According to the Indian Ministry of Defence, the recent military pacts enables the armies and air forces of India and Singapore to hold joint exercises twice a year. SAF has even stationed some of its military equipment and small personnel detachments in India on a permanent basis. As a result, India has been providing facilities for exercises for SAF at Babina in Madhya Pradesh, Deolali ranges for artillery and the Kalaikunda airbase in West Bengal for the fighter planes.

The Indian defence Ministry indicated that the three-part military training exercise of the SAF will end with the joint `Bold Kurukshetra’ war games, with Indian mechanised forces, towards the end of this month to enhance the interoperability between the two armies. In fact, India and Singapore have been regularly conducting the `Sindex’ air combat exercise at the Kalaikunda airbase over the last few years, in addition to the `Simbex’ exercises between the two navies which occur annually.

source: India Defence Online

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