Codenamed Himviz, the exercise planned by India in the Northeast will primarily test the combat capability of the newly formed 17 Mountain Strike Corps in Arunachal Pradesh.
The exercise will also involve the Indian Air Force (IAF) providing aerial elements for actual war-type drills.
Senior Army sources told ANI, “During the exercise of the Iceweed, 17 Mountain Strike Corps have been provided with M777 ultra-light howitzers as they will be in attack mode against ‘enemy’ locations and will need lighter guns. “
Another recently included American system planned to be used during war games would be the Chinook heavy-lift chopper. These helicopters were formally inducted into the Air Force at Chandigarh Airbase on 25 March.
“Chinook is not yet inducted into the Northeast by the Air Force, but at some point soon, they plan to include it in that area. Therefore, they have been requested to use helicopters during the war. ,” said.
The war game has been planned by the Eastern Command for the last six months and is being implemented by 17 Strike Corps at Panagarh and 4 Corps at Tezpur.
The M777 ultra-light howitzer was inducted into the Indian Army along with the K-9 Vajra and Dhanush Howitzer at Deoli near Nashik. The Indian Army will join a total of 145 M777 howitzers.
The M777 howitzer is used primarily for warfare in hilly areas as Chinook heavy-lift helicopters in high altitude areas in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh can carry their light and caliber airplanes.
More than 5,000 soldiers of the Indian Army’s only Mountain Strike Corps will undertake large-scale war games to practice a real war-like situation on the country’s eastern front.
“As part of the war game, the 4 Corps contingents at Tezpur will be deployed at a high-altitude location to protect their ‘territory’, while a brigade-sized force of 17 mountain strike strips (from 2,500 More troops). Sources said that the Indian Air Force asked to launch an ‘offensive’ against them.
The Indian Air Force will airlift troops using its latest transport aircraft to airlift army troops from Bagdogra in West Bengal including C-17, C-130J Super Hercules and AN-32 and deploy them close to the ‘war zone’ Will do. Arunachal Pradesh, he said.
Sources said that after the formation of the IBG, formations would be converted into more efficient fighting units with the ability to attack deeper and faster against enemy targets.
Source: Economic Times