SOURCE :  Jagran

The first-ever multilateral Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise of the Indian Air Force in association with South Asian Region nations began off the coast of Kerala on March 12, 2018.

The exercise named ‘Samvedna’ is the first composite HADR exercise in the South Asian Region. It will be held from March 12 to 17.


The main objective of the exercise is to stir up all the stakeholders in synergising unified Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief efforts.

The entire settings of the exercise would be based on a scenario of a tsunami in the western coast of India originating from an earthquake in Makran subduction zone and resulting in post-tsunami disaster management along the western coast and western islands of India.

Key Highlights

• The exercise will involve representatives from the air forces of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates.

• Hosted by the Southern Air Command, it will provide a clear understanding of the scope, role and task, including challenges in air operations and ensure better understanding and sharing of response procedures among the nations.

• The broad format of the exercise will include ground training and flying exercise.


The exercise, led by the Indian Air Force, is the first step by air forces of the region to practice and evolve a joint HADR capability.

It will help in putting to place a basic framework for conducting Joint Air HADR operations, which will be further refined by subsequent exercises.

The move is likely to lead to more coordinated and efficient HADR air operations in the entire South Asian region.