India-Uzbekistan biennial military training exercise DUSTLIK 2023 began in Uttarakhand.

  • As part of the military-to-military exchange program between the Indian Army and the Uzbekistan Army, the 4th edition of the biennial training exercise DUSTLIK (2023) will be conducted from 20 February to 5 March 2023 at Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand.
  • The Indian contingent in this bilateral exercise will be represented by the 14th Battalion The Garhwal Rifles, which is part of the Western Command.
  • The Uzbekistan Army will be represented by troops from the North Western Military District of the Uzbekistan Army.
  • The objective of this joint exercise is to enhance military capability to conduct multi-domain operations in a sub-conventional scenario under the United Nations mandate.
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