May 11, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The Indian Army’s Month long Exercise Vijay Prahar involving Sapta Shakti Command concluded on 9 May 2018. Over 25000 soldiers with massive array of modern equipment including tanks, attack helicopters, drones and fighter aircraft participated in the exercise addressing full spectrum of operations.
Indian media reported that the strike formations of the South Western Command played out probably one of the most dangerous battle field scenarios – a contaminated battle field after a nuclear blast. “The troops played out Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear (CBRN) defense drills in the sweltering heat of the Thar desert” rehearsing offensive manoeuvres.
The concept was used for the first time in South Western Command, prepping to fight in all contingencies, including environment affected by nuclear weapons.
The Indian Army is gradually gearing itself up to fight and win in a contaminated battlefield, the reports said.
What was however astonishing was to see a pic of two commanding officers spotted relaxing inside a pair of armchairs expressly set up for them right behind the turret of a T-90S Bhishma tank.
Troops rehearsing in contaminated battlefield condition wore masks during the exercise.
Rossiiskaya Gazeta wrote that this is not the first time that Indian military men have been seen riding the advanced Russian-designed battle tanks in such a bizarre manner.
India is the main foreign buyer of the T-90 Russian tanks. In 2006, the Indian government shelled out $2.5 billion for a license to produce 1,000 T-90 Bhishma tanks.
By 2020 India plans to have up to 2,000 T-90 tanks, report Sputnik.