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Samvedna 2018: IAF’s First Multilateral HADR Air Exercise in South Asia

Published on March 16, 2018
Samvedna 2018, the first ever Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise of the Indian Air Force in association with South Asian Region nations being organised in Kerala.
It is the first HARD Exercise in South Asian Region involving representatives from air forces of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and the UAE

Objective of Samvedna

HADR aimed at impelling all the stakeholder to co-operate in the unified HADR efforts. The exercise is based on a scenario of a tsunami in the western coast of India originating from an earthquake in Makran subduction zone and resulting in post-tsunami disaster management along the western coast and western islands of India.Ensuring better understanding and sharing of response procedures between a number of friendly neighbouring nations is also focused.

Highlights of Samvedna 

  • Ground training and flying exercise are included in the exercise. 
  • The first day of exercise was dedicated towards pre-exercise ground training with an aim of getting all participants on a common platform.\
  • Flying cum Field Training Exercise was conducted from the dispersal area of Air Force Station Trivandrum to practice the flying/ field activities undertaken by Air Forces towards HADR under controlled conditions.


The exercise will provide a clear understanding of the scope, role and task, including challenges in air operations and ensuring better understanding and sharing of response procedures among the nations.
Basic framework for the conduct of Joint Air HADR operations will be further refined during subsequent exercises.

1. What is the name of the first Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief organised by India?
a. Sahayak
b. Samvedna
c. Sadbhavana
d. Surksha

2. Where was India's first Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief "Samvedna" held?
a. Kerala
b. Karnataka
c. Telangana
d. Andhra Pradesh
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