Indian Army preparing for a large-scale combat exercise, “Trishakti Prahar”

The Indian Army is preparing for a large-scale combat exercise called “Trishakti Prahar” in Rajasthan.

The exercise aims to test new-generation weapons and technologies, as well as to validate new concepts in long-range firepower, battle-readiness, and force-preservation, including lessons learnt from the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.

As of now preparations are in full swing on the western front in Rajasthan for the ‘Trishakti Prahar’ exercise of the 21 Corps.

To be noted that this exercise is one of the four major “strike formations” of the 12-lakh strong Army.

The final phase of the two-side exercise will be in the first half of November.

Over 30,000 troops, T-90S and Arjun main-battle tanks, a wide array of howitzers, choppers and the like are participating in the exercise.

Further, fighter jets, Apache attack and Chinook heavy-lift helicopters and other aircraft from the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy will also be there.

Also, integrated air-land and combined arms operations, swifter mobilisation, and deep-strike offensive capabilities, including “degradation by long-range vectors and precision high-volume strikes” backed by ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) and electronic warfare capabilities, will all be tested during the war game.

Notably, better mobility and effective shoot-and-scoot capabilities, another crucial force-preservation lesson from the Russia-Ukraine conflict, will be another focus area.

Similarly, armed swarm drones and loitering munitions or kamikaze drones will also be in play.

Several of the newly-inducted weapon systems and technologies will be “test-bedded” during the Trishakti Prahar exercise.

Besides, parallelly, a large number of cases for modernization and technology-infusion are also underway to ensure an agile future-ready force, incorporating niche technologies through indigenous solutions.