The Indian and Pakistani armies are to hold virtually simultaneous exercises, possibly facing off each other across the International Border.
The Indian Army is to conduct an exercise in Rajasthan in the middle of April, comprising armored, artillery and infantry elements from its Mathura-based I Corps and Bhatinda-based X Corps. The exercise, Yodha Shakti (Warrior Power), is also to include elements from the Indian Air Force (IAF), especially for close air support. According to sources, the exercise will mobilize some 50,000 troops.
A few days earlier this Saturday, the Pakistan Army will begin its exercise Azm-e-Nau (New Resolve) III, which, according to some observers in the Indian Army, could validate innovations in the existing Pakistani doctrine of Offensive-Defense, first devised after the exercise Zarb-e-Momin (Retaliation/Riposte/Strike by the faithful) in 1989. The exercise, is expected to involve the participation of some 50,000 troops from the Bahawalpur-based XXXI Corps and the Multan-based II Corps, also known as Army Reserve South.
The Pakistan Air Force is already conducting an exercise called High Mark 2010, which involves maneuvers through the length of the country. The IAF too conducted a firepower demonstration called Vayu Shakti (Air Power) at Pokhran in February-end.