India to host exercise with African militaries


The Indian Army will in March this year conduct a field training exercise with several African countries including Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania.

The exercise is due to take place between 18 and 27 March in Pune, western India as part of India’s efforts to improve military cooperation with African states.

The ten day long India-Africa Field Training Exercise (IAFTX) is expected to cover things like de-mining and peacekeeping operations, amongst others.

Initial planning for the exercise, which will involve a dozen nations, started in December 2018, with a final planning conference slated for the end of January.

In a further sign of strengthening defence ties, Indian Army Chief of Staff General BipinRawatvisited Tanzania from 17 December and arrived in Kenya on 20 December, when he paid a call on Kenyan Defence Headquarters.

India already has strong defence ties with South Africa, and recently concluded the Ibsamar naval exercise off South Africa in October. This also involved Brazilian participation.