What Is International Air Exercise Samvedna Conducted By IAF: 7 Points

A Multilateral Air Force exercise, ‘Exercise Samvedna’, is being led by Indian Air Force for understanding and sharing of response procedures between a number of friendly neighbouring nations. It is being conducted by Southern Air Command (SAC). Started on 12 March 2018, ‘Samvedna’ means ‘Empathy’ and will go on till 17 March 2018.

7 Points About ‘Exercise Samvedna 2018’:

  1. This exercise is focused on practising Air Force-centric Humanitarian And Disaster Relief (HADR) solutions in a Multi-national cooperative Disaster Management environment.
  2. It is the first composite HADR Air exercise in the South Asian region of its kind. This exercise would help in putting in place a basic framework for the conduct of Joint Air HADR operations, which will be further refined during subsequent exercises.
  3. This exercise is expected to lead to more coordinated and efficient HADR Air operations in the entire South Asian region when the need arises.
  4. The entire settings of exercise are based on the scenario of a tsunami in the western coast of India originating from an earthquake in Makran subduction zone in the Arabian Sea and resulting in post-tsunami disaster management along western coast and western islands of India.
  5. Air Forces of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, UAE and Myanmar have already committed resources and personnel for the exercise. Few other Air Forces from the region are also joined in.
  6. The first day of exercise was dedicated towards pre-exercise ground training with an aim of getting all participants on a common platform.
  7. The Table Top Exercise (13-14 March 2018) would be aimed at setting up a scenario of pre and post Tsunami disaster requirements and guide participants to work out Air Force Centric HADR solutions. Flying cum Field Training Exercise (15-16 March 2018) will be conducted from the dispersal area of Air Force Station Trivandrum to practice the flying/ field activities undertaken by Air Forces towards HADR under controlled conditions.

Exercise Samvedna in Action:

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