The exercise, Yudh Abhyas is a regularly-scheduled bilateral exercise hosted by the Indian and U.S. Armies. The exercise is designed to promote cooperation among the two militaries while sharing training, cultural exchanges and improving partnership readiness.
The Yudh Abhyas partnership exercise commenced in 2004, at Chaubatiya in the Himalayan foothills, and was followed in 2005 with US Army contingents coming to train with Indian troops at the Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School in Vairangte, Mizoram. In Yudh Abhyas 2006, Indian troops went to Hawaii for training.
In 2007 there were two phases of the exercise; both in Fort Wainwright Alaska. In 2008 the exercise shifted back to Hawaii on Fort Shafter Flats.
In 2009, Indian Army soldiers from the 31st Armored Division are working with US counterparts from Hawaii, in a multi-echelon, full-spectrum, combined operation.
This year's YA takes place from October 12-27, at Babina, Uttar Pradesh, India. This year the exercise will include a multi-echelon, full spectrum combined operation focusing on a United Nations Peace Keeping Operation scenario, while executing a maneuver live-fire exercise. This year's Yudh Abhyas features 17 Stryker vehicles — the largest deployment of the vehicles outside of Iraq and Afghanistan for the U.S. Pacific Rim forces. Along with the 17 Strykers, the U.S. will showcase the Javelin Anti-Tank Missile system, employed to defeat current and future threat armored combat vehicles.
YA 2009 constitutes the largest troop exchange since the YA partnership exercise commenced in 2004. Indian Army Soldiers from the 31st Armored Division are working with U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry regiment, "Strykehorse," 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.