The Indian Army and the Royal Saudi Land Force successfully concluded their first-ever joint military exercise, ‘SADA TANSEEQ’, at the Mahajan Field Firing Ranges. The validation phase, which marked the culmination of the 12-day exercise, concluded on Thursday, as stated in an official announcement.
Running from January 29 to February 9, the exercise aimed to build interoperability between the two forces while familiarizing each other with operational procedures and combat drills mandated by the United Nations. The exercise brought together the Indian contingent from the 20th Battalion of The Brigade of Guards Regiment and a Saudi Arabian contingent comprising 45 soldiers, engaging in comprehensive training across two distinct phases.
During the initial phase, emphasis was placed on combat conditioning and tactical training, laying the groundwork for subsequent joint operations. The latter phase, which encompassed physical exercises and validation, saw both contingents collaboratively participating in various activities. Notable among these were the establishment of a temporary operating base, the implementation of an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance grid, and the execution of mobile vehicle check posts. Additionally, cordon-and-search operations, heliborne operations, and house intervention drills were conducted, underscoring the breadth of training objectives achieved during the exercise.
As the exercise draws to a close, both India and Saudi Arabia are set to commemorate the occasion with a closing ceremony scheduled for Friday, marking the successful execution of ‘SADA TANSEEQ’. The joint endeavor not only bolstered military ties between the two nations but also underscored their commitment to enhancing regional security and stability through collaborative efforts.
Thus, the inaugural ‘SADA TANSEEQ’ exercise signifies a milestone in the strategic partnership between India and Saudi Arabia, highlighting their shared commitment to combat readiness and operational effectiveness. By leveraging their respective strengths and expertise, both countries have demonstrated a willingness to address common security challenges while deepening mutual understanding and cooperation.