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India puts off all exercises with foreign militaries scheduled for 2020

DEFENCE-ENG-08-04-2020-India

The Indian military has decided to postpone all the joint exercises it was scheduled to hold with foreign militaries this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Official sources told Jane’s on 6 April that that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi, in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), has deferred about 50 bilateral and multilateral exercises with militaries from several other countries, including Brazil, China, France, Israel, Malaysia, Nepal, South Africa, Russia, and the United States.

“All these exercises have been put on hold because of the virus outbreak until further orders,” a senior military officer told Jane’s, adding that even after the number of infections has substantially decreased, it will take a long time for all militaries to begin re-engaging with one another via exercises.