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Army sets dates for the largest war game

The Indian army will hold its largest war game ever when top commanders from all key formations will gather at Pune this week to validate its latest pro-active war fighting concepts aimed at traditional rivals, Pakistan and China.

This is the first such warfare strategising exercise under present army chief General Bikram Singh.

The war game, played over a tabletop, is being held at a time when Pakistan is holding one of its largest field exercises across its borders with India's Rajasthan to finalise its warfare plans targeting India.

Hosted by the Pune-based Southern Army Command from Wednesday to Friday, the war game is expected to have Gen. Bikram Singh taking part, a top army officer saidhere. 'Tabletop war games are much more complex and sophisticated in terms of content, brain-storming and evolving of warfare concepts to counter the enemy's defensive tactics and offensive strategies. Field exercises are for validating the concepts evolved at tabletop war games,' a senior army officer explained.

'Senior officers from all seven commands of the Indian army and key formations are participating in the war game,' he said.

'The war game will evolve a proactive strategy in punishing enemy forces at the time of battle. It will also work on effective ways of coordination between the army and the air force, key for a joint war effort for maximising gains during battle,' the officer added.

Southern Army Command is the largest in terms of Indian territory that it is tasked to defend, from the coastal states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala to the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat.
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