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Thread: #Indian Army to debut its Mountain Strike Corps next month at HimVijay exercise in Arunachal - The exercise will be held at over 10,000 ft next month & will see for the first time Army's integrated battle groups that are self-sufficient agile units theprint.in/defence/army-t…
Over 15,000 soldiers backed by tanks, medium artillery, helicopters and transport aircraft will be part of the Mountain Strike Corps’ maiden exercise, ‘HimVijay’, at over 10,000 feet in Arunachal Pradesh next month.
The exercise will be held away from the Line of Actual Control with China. It will coincide with the visit of President Xi Jinping next month. The exercise assumes greater significance because the Army will for the first time see in action its integrated battle groups (IBGs).
Sources said three mountain IBGs carved out of the Panagarh-based 17 Corps’ (Mountain Strike Corps) 59 Mountain Division will be in action.
The exercise will be keenly watched by the top security czars of the Narendra Modi government and the Army chief as the IBGs are touted to be the mainstay of future operational strategies in the Western, Northern and Eastern theatres.
Operation ‘HimVijay’ will see the participation of 15,000 personnel, with each IBG consisting of nearly 5,000 troops backed by a combination of tanks, artillery and other assets. The IAF will be roped in for strategic airlift of personnel and equipment.
The exercise will see in action the AN32s, C130J Super Hercules & C17s besides helicopters from both the Army Aviation and the IAF. Sources said assets with the Tezpur-based 4 Corps will be used in the operation while personnel would be completely from the Mountain Strike Corps.
“The exercise will be held in Arunachal Pradesh and will see in action three IBGs involving 5,000 troops each,” an Army source told ThePrint. Asked if China has been informed, the source said, “The exercise is being held a little further from the LAC.”
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