• Co-ordinated night firing by the Indian Army during the Shatrujeet exercise.Official Spokesperson MoD Twitter page

The defence ministry recently released pictures of the Indian Army (IA) conducting one of its biggest exercises -- Shatrujeet -- in the Thar desert in Rajasthan, with a focus on sharpening its deep strike capabilities in enemy territory. The exercise saw the participation of about 30,000 soldiers from the Mathura-based Strike 1 corps.

The statement from the Army noted that the spotlight was on validating integrated theatre battle fighting concept, where the Army incorporated new technologies, weapon platforms and systems including its long-range artillery fire.

Previous reports noted that the exercise was to hone Army's "proactive war strategy," colloquially called the "Cold Start Doctrine." It was held in a nuclear, biological, chemical (NBC) warfare situation, as a response to the rising threats from Pakistan's "battlefield or tactical" nuclear missiles.

This exercise of the Army has airborne components too with what the statement calls "integrated Air-Land battle environment."

These exercises are ongoing and are expected to be reviewed by the Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag.

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