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The joint military exercise between India and Russia, ‘INDRA 2018’ aimed at combating insurgency under the aegis of United Nations (UN) began on November 18, 2018 in India.

The joint exercise is being conducted at Babina Field Firing Ranges, Babina Military Station in Uttar Pradesh. The training exercise that will span across eleven days will see participation from company-sized contingents of the 5th Army of the Russian Federation and a Mechanised Infantry Battalion of India including induction and de-induction of the Russian contingent.

Objective

The main aim of the exercise is to practice joint planning and conduct to enhance the interoperability of the two armies in the peacekeeping, enforcement environment under the aegis of the United Nations.

Key Highlights

  • The main focus of the exercise 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 and integrated employment of force multipliers. 
  • The primary focus of the tactical field exercise will be to share best practices amongst the militaries and work on the existing skills of the troops to equip them to deal with exigencies at hand. 
  • The topics chosen for the exercise are both live and contemporary affecting both the nations alike.
  • The training will be supervised by a joint directing panel comprising of senior officials of both the national contingents.
  • The tenth counterterrorism exercise in the series of Exercise INDRA is aimed at sending a strong message to the world with an intent of appreciation of interoperability between Indian and Russian Armies for joint tactical level operations in the peacekeeping environment.

Background

  • In October 2017, the first-ever tri-services joint exercise was held between the Indian and Russian Armed Forces in the Eastern Military District of Russia.
  • Prior to that, the exercise was conducted as a single service exercise alternately between the two countries. 
  • In 2017, the exercise was upgraded to involve all the three Services of the Armed Forces- Army, Navy and Air Force. The exercise has been held regularly since 2003.

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