S Vishnu Sharmaa, INN/Chennai, @infodeaofficial
Jaisalmer in Rajasthan will be the talk of the town soon, thanks to international army scout masters competition. That is where armies from abroad and our own army will be vying with each other to prove their mettle.
India will be conducting the Army Scout Masters Competition for the first time as part of the International Army Games. It is also for the first time that an Indian team will participate in this competition.
Sources from the Defence Ministry say the competition will be held in the city under aegis of Konark Corps from 24 July to 17 August.
The prestigious event will witness participation of scout teams from mechanized infantry units of armies of eight countries including Russia who is said to be founding member of this format of international army games.
The Russian delegation, senior military and diplomatic personnel from participating countries visited Jaisalmer military station on 14 and 15 May.
The delegates were shown and briefed on the special training facilities created at Jaisalmer and Pokhran. The visiting team of officials were impressed with the overall arrangements and complimented the Indian organisers for creating the infrastructure for the competition.
The head of the Russian delegation Lieutenant General Budyshkin Albert Alienvich expressed confidence that India will provide the right opportunity for all teams to excel and bring long term tangible benefits to international military cooperation.
The International Army Scout Masters Competition will be conducted in five stages which will test the overall skills of Mechanised Infantry Scouts in simulated battle field scenarios. The combat skills will be adjudicated by a panel of international judges and referees.
The competition will showcase combat training and promote camaraderie amongst the contestants, facilitate sharing of best practices as well as develop military and technical cooperation between participating nations.