The TARKASH exercise is a joint bilateral exercise between the National Security Guard (NSG) and US Special Operations Forces (SOF). The exercise aims to enhance the capabilities of the two forces in countering terrorism and improving inter-operability. The sixth edition of this exercise is being held in Chennai from January 16 to February 14, and for the first time, it includes a counterattack against chemical and biological threats from terrorists.
CBRN Terror Response in TARKASH
The “Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) terror response” is included in TARKASH for the first time. This mock drill includes rescue operations, the neutralization of terrorists, and the deactivation of chemical weapons. The objective is to strengthen the skills required to deliver an effective CBRN terror response. This move is in line with India’s efforts to enhance its preparedness against chemical and biological threats, which are growing concerns worldwide.
The inclusion of the CBRN terror response in TARKASH is crucial, as it will enhance the capabilities of the NSG and US SOF in dealing with potential CBRN attacks. The exercise will provide an opportunity for the forces to test their response capabilities, improve inter-operability, and identify any gaps that need to be addressed.
Previous TARKASH Exercises
The previous editions of TARKASH focused on various aspects of counterterrorism, including hostage rescue, close-quarter battle, and urban warfare. These exercises provided an opportunity for the forces to learn from each other, share best practices, and enhance their capabilities.
The fourth edition of TARKASH, held in 2017, focused on maritime security and anti-piracy operations. The exercise included joint training on board the Indian Navy’s stealth frigate, INS Tarkash. This edition aimed to enhance inter-operability between the two forces in the maritime domain.
The fifth edition of TARKASH, held in 2019, focused on counterterrorism operations in urban areas. The exercise included joint training in building intervention, hostage rescue, and close-quarter battle. This edition aimed to improve the forces’ capabilities in dealing with terrorist threats in urban environments.
Significance of TARKASH Exercise
The TARKASH exercise is a significant step in enhancing the capabilities of the NSG and US SOF in countering terrorism. The joint exercise provides an opportunity for the two forces to learn from each other, share best practices, and enhance their capabilities. It also serves as a platform to improve inter-operability and coordination between the two forces.