NEW DELHI —Conventional war in an urban setting, including counterterrorism and counterinsurgency activities, is the focus of Harimau Shakti, the first-ever joint exercise between the Indian and Malaysian militaries, an Indian Army official said.
For the two-week exercise, which ends Oct. 23, India has sent two dozen officers from its Eastern Command to Kuala Lumpur. They will visit Malaysian Army formations at various locations.
Malaysian Army officers will come to India for a joint counterinsurgency war game at the Indian Army’s Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School.
As part of its “look east” policy, India has increased its strategic ties with Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. India and Malaysia first signed a memorandum of understanding on defense cooperation in 1992.
The two countries’ air forces enjoy advanced relations. A team of Indian Air Force pilots and technicians recently spent two years in Malaysia to train Malaysian military pilots, weapon system operators and maintenance staff in the operation of their Russian-built Su-30MKM fighter jets. India also helped Malaysia set up a systems school for the Su-30MKM at Gong Kedak Air Base.