It should be noted that this Yudh Abyas is the first since India and US signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA).
The LEMOA allows India and the US to use each other’s military bases and other facilities.
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At Yudh Abhyas 2016, a total of 225 US Army soldiers from the 5th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade combat team and 7th Infantry Division of the US Army will be participating.
An equal number of soldiers from India’s 14th Battalion of the Garhwal Rifles and the 12thBattalion of the Madras Regiment will participate in the exercise.
According to an official statement, the Yudh Abhyas 2016 will simulate a scenario where both nations are working together in counter insurgency and counter terrorism environment in mountainous terrain under UN charter.
The training will culminate with a final validation exercise in which troops of both countries will jointly carry out an operation against terrorists in a fictitious but realistic setting, the release mentions.