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India and US to carry out 18th edition of military exercise 'Yudh Abhyas'

Published on August 06, 2022
Current Context: India and US will conduct military exercise ' Yudh Abhyas' from October 14 to 31 in Auli, Uttarakhand.
India and US to carry out 18th edition of military exercise 'Yudh Abhyas'
  • The exercise will consist of a number of complex drills, which aims to enhance understanding, cooperation, and interoperability between India and US armies.
  • The exercise comes against the backdrop of rapidly changing situations in the Indo-Pacific. The last edition of exercise Yudh Abhyas was held in October 2021 in Alaska, US.
  • India- US relations have improved since 2016 when the US designated India as a "Major Defence Partner". Since then the two countries have signed various major defence and security pacts.
  • Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement(LEMOA) was signed by India and US in 2016, which allows both the militaries to use each other's base for repair and replenishment of supplies and provide deeper cooperation.
  • Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) was signed by both nations in 2018 which allows interoperability between the two militaries and provides for the sale of high-end technology from the US to India.
  • To further boost bilateral defence ties, the US and India 2020 signed Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA).
  • Static knowledge:
    • Chief of Indian Army - General Manoj Pande
    • Vice Chief of Indian Army - Lt Gen Baggavalli Somashekar Raju

Question: 

Q.1 Where will India and US conduct the 18th edition of exercise Yudh Abhyas?
a. Uttar Pradesh
b. Uttarakhand
c. Rajasthan
d. Gujarat

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