Al-Mohed Al-Hindi Exercise: India-Saudi Arabia | 16 Aug 2021

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Recently, India and Saudi Arabia started their first-ever Naval joint exercise called the Al-Mohed Al-Hindi Exercise.

  • The decision on this Bilateral exercise was taken in the Riyadh Summit held in 2019.

Key Points

  • About:
    • Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kochi is participating in the exercise. The exercise comprises several coastal and sea-based exercises between the two navies.
      • INS Kochi is the second ship of Kolkata-class stealth guided-missile destroyers, which was built by the Indian Navy under the code name Project 15A.
      • This ship is termed as a ‘Network of Networks’ since it is equipped with sophisticated digital networks, an array of state-of-art weapons and sensors that can neutralise any maritime threat.
  • Aim:
    • To carry out tactical manoeuvres, search and rescue operations, and an electronic warfare drill to enhance interoperability.
  • Significance:
    • It reflects the growing defense ties between the two countries in the midst of rapidly changing developments in the Gulf region.
    • It will enhance bilateral cooperation and security in the Indian ocean Region.
Major Indian Maritime Exercises
Name of the Exercise Name of the Country
SLINEX Sri Lanka
Bongosagar and IN-BN CORPAT Bangladesh
Naseem-Al-Bahr Oman
Indra Russia
Za’ir-Al-Bahr Qatar
Samudra Shakti Indonesia
Indo-Thai CORPAT Thailand
IMCOR Malaysia
SIMBEX Singapore
AUSINDEX Australia
Malabar Exercise Japan, and the USA

Source: TH