SHILLONG, Sept 16 - The annual bilateral joint exercise between the Indian Army and the Royal Thailand Army began on Monday at the Joint Training Node in Umroi.
The bilateral exercise named �Maitree� 2019 and similar collaborations between the two armies of India and Thailand are being conducted since 2006. The exercise would be held for a fortnight under the framework of the United Nations� Mandate 2006.
The team leader for the Indian contingent is Colonel Manish Joshi and his counterpart from Thailand is Colonel Thiradej Limkunagul. About 60 personnel from the Thai army and 100 from the Indian Army are taking part in the joint exercise.
During the exercise, the army personnel will undergo training in counter-terrorism operations in both jungle terrain and urban scenario, defence officials said.
�Both contingents will share their valuable experiences in the conduct of counter-terrorism operations in the form of lectures, drills, demonstrations and skill-at-arm with an aim to refine tactics, techniques and procedures,� defence public relations officer, Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said.
The exercise will culminate with a 48-hour operation, which will showcase the planning and execution of the skills of soldiers while conducting any counter-terrorism operation, officials said.