India, Russia Ready for Exercise Indra

To be held under the aegis of UN, the exercise is aimed at combating insurgency and sharing best practices amongst both militaries

India and Russia have announced a joint military exercise, Exercise Indra 2018, at Babina Military Station, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, from 18 November 2018. The exercise is aimed at combating insurgency, under the aegis of United Nations (UN) and the company-sized contingents of the 5th Army of the Russian Federation and a Mechanised Infantry Battalion of Republic of India will be participating for a period of eleven days. The Russian side plans to send about 250 servicemen of motorised infantry units.

According to a press release, the exercise is aimed at practicing joint planning and conduct to enhance interoperability of the two armies in the peacekeeping/enforcement environment under the aegis of the UN. The focus will be on training on enhancing team building, special tactical level operations such as cordon and search, house intervention, handling and neutralisation of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and integrated employment of force multipliers.

The exercise is expected to share best practices amongst the militaries and hone existing skills of the troops, to equip them to deal with exigencies at hand, on topics both live and contemporary affecting both nations. The 10th counterterrorism exercise in the series of Exercise Indra will be sending a strong message to the world with an intent of appreciation of interoperability between Indian and Russian Armies for joint tactical level operations. The Exercise has been held regularly since 2003, last of which had taken place in Russia’s Primorye in 2017.


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