INDIA. Mumbai: In an impressive display of the capabilities of mechanised warfare platforms in the arsenal of Indian Mechanized Forces, the Integrated Fire Power and Manoeuvre Exercise (IFPME) being held at Kharjuna Khare (KK) Ranges in Ahmednagar in Maharashtra was concluded on Saturday.
The exercise showcased effective man-machine integration as part of a conventional assured response strategy in an integrated and networked battlefield. The exercise included all tracked platforms (viz., T-90 Bhishma and T-72 Ajeya). An official statement read: “MBT Arjun, BMP-II, Carrier Mortar Tracked, Attack and Utility Helicopters, Fixed-Wing Assets of the Air Force, and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Platforms.”
The most modern equipment in the army’s inventory is fired with precision and in cohesion with each other, with the main attraction being T-90 tanks.
The sight of tanks charging at them, supported by covering fire and bombardment from artillery and Air Force fighter aircraft, captivated the audience.
On termination of this manoeuvre, spectators could see the tanks, infantry combat vehicles (ICVs), weapon platforms, and ammunition from close quarters and assess their capability.
The spectacular firepower and manoeuvre demonstration showcased mechanised forces’ capabilities, proficiency, and operational preparedness. The ear-deafening thunder of tanks and infantry combat vehicles (ICVs) unleashing their lethal and accurate firepower shocked viewers.
The exercise was witnessed by officers undergoing the Defense Services Staff Course, the Defense Services Technical Staff Course, and an officers’ delegation from the Nepal Army.
The exercise was organised under the armoured Corps Center and School (ACC&S) and the Mechanized Infantry Regimental Centre (MIRC). These institutions, besides training the personnel of our armoured forces, also train students from friendly foreign countries in mechanised warfare and technical training on armoured fighting vehicles.
The innovative manoeuvres in a simulated battlefield environment by composite combat entities capable of leveraging new-age technologies were showcased by these centres, which are premier training institutions of the Indian army.
These institutions, besides training the personnel of our armoured forces, also train students from friendly foreign countries in mechanised warfare and technical training on armoured fighting vehicles. They train students in the two streams of tactics and operational art, along with mechanised warfare technology.
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