Jaipur: A 5-day long joint exercise of Indian and US military, aimed at improving bilateral cooperation, would begin next month in northern Rajasthan.

The exercise, 'Yudh Abhyas 2011-12', is scheduled to begin in the first week of March in Mahajan field firing range in Bikaner.

"The exercise is the latest in a series of Indo-US military exercise between mechanised forces which will see troops of US 25th Infantry Division, US Army Pacific with India troops of South Western Command in well designed setting for peace support operations," defence spokesperson SD Goswami said.

"It is designed to improve bilateral cooperation between both the Armies and enhance their ability to operate side by side at tactical level within the framework of UN peacekeeping operations," he said.

The participants will engage in a number of defined operational missions, that include security of lines of communication, intelligence based peace enforcement operations and extrication and rescue operations, he added.

(Agencies)