US-Indian Army Combined Training Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2009

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 27, 2009)- Exercise Yudh Abhyas 09, joined two mechanized units for the first time, Soldiers from the Indian Army’s 7th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, 94th Armored Brigade, 31st Armored Division and the U.S. Army’s 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

“This exercise indeed is a landmark. For the Indian Army, this is the biggest we have done with any foreign army,” said keynote speaker Lt. Gen. A.S. Sekhon, Indian army director of general military operations, who was joined by counterpart Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, commanding general, U.S. Army, Pacific.

YA 09 consisted of two weeks of peacekeeping operations, along with the exchange of staff organizational tactics related to peace operations at various levels. Participants engaged in a variety of missions, from joint planning and executing, a variety of artillery ranges both in and out of vehicles, to cordon and search operations as-well-as search and rescue training.

The 17 Strykers played a vital role in this fifth iteration of the exercise as the U.S. Soldiers had an opportunity to showcase one of the U.S. Army’s newest vehicles. “The Strykers provided an opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities to the Indian army,” said Mixon to the formation of troops. (However, the Indian soldiers were not allowed to drive the Strykers or use the high-tech communications network that manages the crew’s weapons.)

Armored vehicles the Indian Army used during the exercise included the Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty, or BMP, a Russian tank similar to the Bradley Tank, and the T-90, a Russian Main Battle Tank, which is similar to the U.S. M1 Abrams tank. Soldiers from both battalions were embedded with one another for a number of missions and had multiple opportunities to train with the other army’s equipment.

If Malabar 2007 was the turning point for Navy-Navy ties between the two countries and Red Flag 2008 redefined the relation between the two air forces, the anti-terror Yudh Abhyas that featured tanks, UAVs, ICVs, anti-tank missiles and heliborne operations has taken Army-Army ties to a new level.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 27, 2009) – Indian Army Lt. Gen. A.S. Sekhon, Indian army director of general military operations, and U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, commanding general, U.S. Army, Pacific, conduct a pass and review of the troops

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 27, 2009) – Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, commanding general, U.S. Army, Pacific, addresses the Indian Army’s 7th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, 94th Armored Brigade, 31st Armored Division and the U.S. Army’s 2nd Squadron, 14th.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 27, 2009) – Indian Army Lt. Gen. A.S. Sekhon, Indian army director of general military operations, addresses a formation of troops at the closing ceemony of Exercise Yudh Abhyas 09. Sekhon is joined by Lt. Gen. Benjamin R.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 27, 2009) – The Indian Army’s 7th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, 94th Armored Brigade, 31st Armored Division and the U.S. Army’s 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 19, 2009) – An Indian army soldier explains how Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detection equipment in the Indian Army works to the U.S. Army’s 2nd squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 19, 2009) – Indian army soldiers, 31st Armor Division Indian army, signal finding detection of explosives with a bomb sniffing dog at a demonstration on Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detection

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 19, 2009) – Indian army soldiers, 31st Armor Division Indian army, demonstrate how Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detection equipment works for 2nd squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 14, 2009) – Indian Army Maj. Yajuvendra Singh, range officer, discusses upcoming training with 1st Sgt. Anthony Coates, senior enlisted leader of Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade.

An Indian soldier helps to secure a village during a joint exercise with U.S. Soldiers at Camp Bundela, India, Oct. 24, 2009. About 250 U.S. Soldiers took 17 of their Stryker combat vehicles and paired with the Indian army’s 7th Mechanized Infantry.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 15, 2009) – Indian Army Soldiers assigned to the 94th Armored Brigade along with U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, conduct range training.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 19, 2009) – An Indian army soldier explains how their force handles Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detection equipment to the U.S. Army’s 2nd squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 14, 2009) – Staff Sgt. Matthew Hood, Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, reacts to contact during the range exercise.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 17, 2009) – 2nd squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Soldiers fire the Javelin missile during a combined arms live fire exercise at media day during Exercise.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 17, 2009) – 2nd squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division and Indian Army’s 7th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, 94th Armored Brigade, 31st Armored Division perform a Live fire exercise.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 17, 2009) – 2nd squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Soldiers fire the Javelin missile during a combined arms live fire exercise at media day.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 17, 2009) – A 2nd squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Soldier launches the unmanned Aerial vehicle during a combined arms live fire exercise at media day.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 23, 2009) – Sgt. 1st Class Santiago Larriva, platoon sergeant, assigned to Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii joins Indian Army Soldiers from the 31st Armored Division in an Indian Army Advanced Light Helicopter, during Exercise Yudh Abhyas 09.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 23, 2009) Ð Soldiers from 2nd Platoon,Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment ÒStrykehorse,Ó 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii conduct static loading training with Indian army aviators from the 201st Army Aviation Squadron, using the Advanced Light Helicopter, an Indian Army helicopter, during Exercise Yudh Abyas 09, a bilateral exercise involving the Armies of India and the United States. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Crista Yazzie, U.S. Army, Pacific Public Affairs)

CAMP BUNDELA, India- (Oct. 13, 2009) – An Indian army officer teaches a class on United Nations Peacekeeping Operations to a group of Indian and U.S. Army Soldiers Oct. 13. The class is part of a Subject Matter Expert Exchange for Yudh Abhyas 09.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 23, 2009) – Sgt. Charles Jobst, followed by Cpl Arthur Fread and other Soldiers from 2nd platoon, Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, exit a helicopter flown by Indian army aviators from the 201st Army Aviation Squadron. The Soldiers were conducting static load training with the Advanced Light Helicopter, an Indian-made helicopter, during Exercise Yudh Abyas 09, a bilateral exercise involving the Armies of India and the United States. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Crista Yazzie, U.S. Army, Pacific Public Affairs)

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 12, 2009) – Indian Army Capt. Prashant Pathania, medical officer, 31st Armored Division, demonstrates how an airway breathing device works, for medical personnel assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division and 31st Armored Division, during a medical workshop.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 25, 2009) – Soldiers from 2nd platoon, Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, prepare to rendevous with Indian Army troops after exiting an M17 helicopter flown by the 107th Indian Army Aviation Helicopter Unit during Exercise Yudh Abyas 09.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 25, 2009) ÐÐ U.S. Army Private 1st Class Evan Anderson, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment ÒStrykehorse,Ó 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii shows the communications system inside of a Stryker vehicle to Indian Army Lt. Col. Dusant Bharwaj during Exercise Yudh Abyas 09, a bilateral exercise involving the Armies of India and the United States. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Crista Yazzie, U.S. Army, Pacific Public Affairs)

Cattle graze as an Indian Army T-90 tank moves across a field during “Yudh Abhyas 09”, a joint Indo-U.S. training exercise in Babina, in Uttar Pradesh state, October 26, 2009. The eighteen-day joint exercise started in Babina October 12. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA MILITARY)

Indian Army T-90 tanks move on a field during “Yudh Abhyas 09”, a joint Indo-U.S. training exercise in Babina, in Uttar Pradesh state, October 26, 2009. The eighteen-day joint exercise started in Babina October 12. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA MILITARY)

An Indian Army Dhruv helicopter carries the “injured” as U.S. soldiers take their positions during “Yudh Abhyas 09”, a joint Indo-U.S. training exercise in Babina, in Uttar Pradesh state, October 26, 2009. The eighteen-day joint exercise started in Babina October 12. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA MILITARY)

Indian Army soldiers rappel down a MI-17 helicopter during “Yudh Abhyas 09”, a joint Indo-U.S. training exercise in Babina, in Uttar Pradesh state, October 26, 2009. The eighteen-day joint exercise started in Babina October 12. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA MILITARY)

An Indian Army Dhruv helicopter prepares to land as U.S. soldiers take their positions during “Yudh Abhyas 09”, a joint Indo-U.S. training exercise in Babina, in Uttar Pradesh state, October 26, 2009. The eighteen-day joint exercise started in Babina October 12. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA MILITARY)

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 22, 2009) Ð (From Left) Staff Sgt. Kris Jorgensen and Spc. Jason Echevarria, both from Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment ÒStrykehorse,Ó 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii maneuver with Indian Soldiers and their Boyevaya Machina Pekhoty, or BMP tank, a soviet amphibious tracked infantry fighting vehicle, during Exercise Yudh Abyas 09, a bilateral exercise involving the Armies of India and the United States. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Crista Yazzie, U.S. Army, Pacific Public Affairs)

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 16, 2009) – Rauol, head chef, places a “third eye” on Maj. Frankie Cruz, contracting officer assigned to the 411th Contracting Support Brigade, U.S. Forces, Korea, in honor of the Hindu celebration of Diwali, or the festival of lights at Camp Bundela, Oct. 17.

CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct., 27, 2009) – Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon (right), commanding general, U.S. Army, Pacific, and Lt. Gen. A.S. Sekhon, director general of Indian military operations, salute members of 2nd squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division and the Indian Army’s 7th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, 94th Armored Brigade, 31st Armored Division at the closing ceremony for Exercise Yudh Abhyas in Babina India, Oct. 27.

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