On sidelines of Vice-President Hamid Ansari visit to Thailand, India has participated in the 35th edition of “Cobra Gold” multilateral exercise as an observer plus country, being hosted by Thailand.
- Indian has been accorded as the observer plus country because of its increasing regional operability.
- Theme of exercise – “Humanitarian assistance and disaster relief”
- Participants – 35 Nations
Along with counterparts from China and Pakistan, a 12-member team of the Indian Army has participated in the “Cobra Gold” multilateral exercise, which is considered Asia’s largest multinational drill.
- This year, 8,564 personnel from Thailand, the United States, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea and other 28 nations had participated in various roles in the exercises.
About Cobra Gold:
Established in 1982, it served as military training exercise to improve coordination between the armed forces of the United States and Thailand in both hostile military and humanitarian efforts.
Cobra Gold has 3 distinct activities:
- The first is the Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFEX), in which live ammunition is aimed at predetermined locations.
- The second activity is a Command Post Exercise (CPX), in which military officers engage in computerized war games, disaster relief or humanitarian missions over several days.
- The final activity is assisting the local Thai population.