Army School of Counter Insurgency at Vairnagte (Mizoram)

M G Singh By M G Singh, 4th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The army school of counter insurgency is a unique school and armies of friendly nations train here.Located in Mizoram state it simulates actual battle conditions.

A Different School

The Indian army maintains one of the most important schools in the world. This is the school of Jungle warfare and Counter Insurgency at Vairnagte in Nagaland. The school is at a motorable distance from the Air Force base at Kumbhirgram. The Army imparts training in counter insurgency warfare at this school. It will be of interest to readers that men of the US Special forces have trained here.

The school situated in a mountainous region simulates the counter insurgency scenario. The Indian army has been fighting counter insurgency for the last 55 years when AZ Phizo raised the revolt in Nagaland.

Recently the army soldiers from Indonesia concluded a week long exercise (Code named Exercise Garud Shakti) with units of the Indian army. The army also conducted a 3 day outdoor validation exercise in the mountains as well as long distance range and gun firing at the school. The last part was a gruelling night march through the jungle as part of stealth operations.

Such operations and joint exercises are conducted regularly for foreign troops who come here. In the recent past soldiers of the Polish, Israeli and Bangladesh armies have trained at this school. Cooperation with the US army is an ongoing affair.
CIJWS Vairnagte has over 13 different types of firing ranges catering to every conceivable indoor and outdoor scenario, ranging from urban, semi-urban to rural settings.

Bringing in realism in training, infantry weapons effect simulation system and small arms training simulators are also extensively used. The landscape and the inimitable replicated settings here in CIJW make it the most preferred destination to train for several armies of the world.
The Indian Army has had a successful and eventful operation in counter Insurgency, perhaps more than anywhere else in the world. The Kashmir, Mizoram, Nagaland and Bodo extremists have realized the worth of the Indian army and it’s but natural that foreign armies will like to take advantage of the Indian expertise in this field.


Counter Insurgency, Fighting Insurgents, Indian Army, Jungle Warfare

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
5th Oct 2013 (#)

Indeed sir youre very right, in how the Indian Army doesnt get the recognition as the Israeli army

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author avatar M G Singh
5th Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you Fern

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
5th Oct 2013 (#)

Interesting article.A army school indeed.According to recent survey's,India has the strongest army.

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author avatar M G Singh
5th Oct 2013 (#)

The Indian army is 1.2 million strong with stress on armored divisions and missiles. One can compare its strength with the British army which is 80000. It is the only counter to China in Asia and strongly interacting with the US army. Thank you Randhir for your comment.

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author avatar Ptrikha
7th Oct 2013 (#)

Add to all this the experience of fighting an "uphill" limited war in Kargil where the terrain and weather is so harsh.

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