Video of the Day: Indian Army – High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS)

24 10 2012

The High Altitude Warfare School was established by the Indian Army to train its personnel on High Altitude warfare, counter intelligence and survival. This course is mainly offered to the Indian Army personnel posted in Siachen Glacier.

The training imparted consisted mainly of skiing techniques, mountain lore and patrolling on skis. On 8 April 1962, the School was designated a Category A Training Establishment and renamed High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS).

The training instills confidence and stamina, besides defrosting the fear of the unknown. The men are taught to integrate with the environment so that they can guard the Himalayan frontiers effectively.

Role of HAWS

– To function as the Army nodal instructional facility for specialized training and dissemination of approved doctrines in mountain, high altitude and snow warfare.
– Centre for developmental inputs of mountain, snow and high altitude warfare.

The Indian Army is among the most experienced in mountain warfare having fought numerous conflicts in the Himalayas in Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir while maintaining one of the largest active contingents of mountain warfare forces in the world, giving the Indian Army some of the most extensive and well developed Mountain Warfare capabilities.


Indian & Russian Mountain Troops Conduct Joint Anti-Terrorism Drills

15 10 2010

Russian and Indian mountain troops began conducting joint antiterrorism exercises on Friday Oct. 15, 2010 and will last through October 24.

Russia has sent more than 200 troops from its 34th Independent (Mountain) Motor-Rifle Brigade (ca. 25,000 troops), based in Zelenchukskaya the North Caucasus, to join the Indian troops in the INDRA 2010 drills.

The exercises will be conducted in Chaubattia in Uttarakhand India, a mountainous area near the country’s border with China and Nepal. For the first time Alpine troops from both countries are going to take part in the war games.

The Russian troops will be equipped with lightweight Permyachka Infantry Suits, which protect at least 80 percent of the body surface from small-caliber bullets and low-speed shrapnel.

The Indian and Russian military have conducted joint INDRA exercises since 2003, including biannual peacekeeping drills.

INDRA-2007 Photo Gallery: Here

MOSCOW, October 15 (RIA Novosti)

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