US. U.S. Marine units of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 3rd Marine Division, engage in a joint US-India military exercise, the Tiger TRIUMPH, with its Assault Amphibious Vehicles.
Exercise organizers said Tiger Triumph is the first such exercise to include the U.S. military and all three armed services in India.
The 9-day workout took more than 500 US together. Navy and sailors as well as 1,200 Indian navymen, soldiers and airmen.
Tiger TRIUMPH allows U.S. and Indian forces to exchange knowledge and learn from one another, as well as to form personal and professional relations.
During Tiger TRIUMPH, US and Indian forces undertook valuable training in humanitarian relief operations by inserting a ship-by-shore joint Indian and U.S. force in response to a hypothesized natural disaster. On the shore the forces performed minimal patrols; simulated casualties were taken to healthcare and drinking water was produced and distributed.
The key to the exercises was the US. The Marines used their assault vehicles in parallel with their Indian unit of 7 Guards, who used amphibious infantry vehicles designed by the Soviet Union, the BMP-2.
The BMP-2 is a second generation, amphibious vehicle for combating the infantry that was introduced to the Soviet Union in the 1980s after the BMP-1 of the 1960s. The BMP-2 had a new two-man roof. The most obvious improvement is the replacement of the 73 mm low-speed non-stabilized BMP-1 gun with a more powerful, fully stabilized dual-fed cannon of 30 mm.
The BMP-2 can cross water barriers including rivers and lakes, but is not intended for landing by sea unlike AAV.
The AAV is the United States Marine Corps ‘ current amphibious troop transport. It is used by the United States. Marine Corps Assault Amphibian Battalions in a single lift from the ramp to inland operation to land surface attack elements of the landing force and their equipment, to carry out mechanized operations and related support for combat in subsequent mechanized operations along the coastline. It is run by other groups as well. Marines call them “amtracs,” a shorter designation, “amphibious tractor.”
AAVs have a wide range of features. These can be used in counter-terrorist operations, mechanized attacks and humanitarian aid activities. AAVs are favored by the United States forces for their easy naval landing and their ability to deploy in the event of a natural disaster in contested environments.
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