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24th November, 2023 Security


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  • The joint military exercise AUSTRAHIND-23 involves the participation of the Indian Armed Forces contingent, comprising 81 personnel, who departed for Australia to take part in this collaborative training program.
  • Scheduled from 22nd November to 06th December 2023 in Perth, Australia.



  • Indian Contingent: Consists of personnel from a Battalion of the GORKHA Rifles, Indian Navy, and from the Indian Air Force.
  • Australian Contingent: Comprises personnel from the 13th Brigade of the Australian Army, along with from the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force.

Exercise Details

  • Purpose: Aimed at fostering collaborative partnerships, sharing best practices, and enhancing interoperability between the Indian and Australian Armed Forces.
  • Training Focus: Focuses on multi-domain operations in urban and semi-urban terrains, following Chapter VII of the United Nations regarding peacekeeping operations.
  • Objectives: Promote exchange of tactical ideas, rehearse procedures for tactical operations, including sniper firing, surveillance, communication, and casualty management. Emphasizes tactical actions at the Company/Battalion level.
  • Previous Edition: The first edition of Exercise AUSTRAHIND was held in Mahajan, Rajasthan, in 2022.

Goals and Outcomes

  • Enhanced Cooperation: Aims to strengthen defense cooperation and understanding between the Indian and Australian militaries.
  • Strategic Importance: Signifies the importance of such joint exercises in promoting shared learning, understanding, and professional engagement between the armed forces of friendly nations.
  • Operational Relevance: Seeks to improve the capabilities of both contingents, ensuring readiness and effectiveness in various operational scenarios.

Other India-Australia Exercises

  • Exercise Pitch Black:
    • Nature: Biennial multilateral air combat exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) since 1981.
    • Participation: The Indian Air Force participated for the first time in 2018.
    • Nature: Biennial bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian Navy and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
    • Initiation: The first edition of the exercise took place in 2015.


Exercise AUSTRAHIND-23 stands as a testament to the commitment of India and Australia in strengthening bilateral defense ties through joint training, fostering mutual trust, and enhancing operational capabilities for future collaborative endeavors.


Q. Discuss the evolving nature and significance of defense relations between India and Australia, highlighting the strategic importance of joint military exercises and collaborative initiatives in fostering regional security and stability in the Indo-Pacific. (250 Words)