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India, Uzbekistan armies conduct Military Exercise ‘DUSTLIK II’ in Ranikhet, Uttarakhand

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Indo-Uzbekistan Field Training Exercise 'DUSTLIK 'The 2nd Edition of Annual Bilateral Joint Military Exercise ‘DUSTLIK-II’ between the Indian Army & Uzbekistan Army is being held from March 10-19, 2021 at Chaubatia, near Ranikhet, Uttarakhand. The exercise focused on Counter Insurgency (CI) & Counter-Terrorism (CT) skills of both sides.

  • From the Indian side, 13 Kumaon regiment (also called Rezang La Battalion) was nominated for the exercise.
  • 45 Soldiers each from the Indian & Uzbekistan Army had participated in the exercise which will recreate a Kashmir-like counter-terror operation.
  • The 1st Edition of ‘Dustlik-I’ was hosted by Uzbekistan in Chirchiq Training Area near Tashkent from November 4-13, 2019.


  • To share Expertise & skills in counter-terrorist operations in mountainous/rural/urban scenario under United Nations (UN) mandate.
  • To boost the military & diplomatic ties between the two countries.
  • Focus on people-centric intelligence-based surgical operations, utilizing technological advancements to minimize collateral damage.

Drills to be carried out

  • The army will showcase the use of force multipliers such as helicopters, Special Forces, specialist equipment & the establishment of an automated surveillance grid for situation awareness.
  • Indian Contingent had also representatives from Para Special Forces, Signal & Engineers in addition to an Interpreter.
  • The exercise will end with a 36 hours Joint Validation Exercise. It will be a testbed for soldiers of both armies as they will undergo challenges of actual operations in a simulated environment.

Turkmenistan Special Forces

  • The Indian Army commenced training to the Turkmenistan Special Forces at its Special Forces Training School (SFTS) at Nahan, Himachal Pradesh.
  • It is aimed at enhancing the capabilities of Turkmenistan Special Forces.

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i.On December 11, 2020, the first bilateral virtual summit between India and Uzbekistan was co-chaired by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi and President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev to discuss the entire gamut of the bilateral relationship, including strengthening India-Uzbekistan cooperation in the post- COVID-19 world between both nations.

About Uzbekistan:

President – Shavkat Mirziyoyev
Capital – Tashkent
Currency – Uzbekistan Som (UZS)