RUSSIAN MOD TO SEND 250 SOLDIERS FOR INDRA 2013 EXERCISE
The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to send 250 military personnel to participate in the counter-terrorism combat exercise, code-named INDRA, scheduled to be carried out with the Indian Army in October 2013. The annual drills will witness participation from more than 250 servicemen from Russia’s Eastern Military District and the same number of Indian soldiers, RIA Novosti reported citing a statement from the district’s press service. Scheduled to be carried out at the Mahajan Field Firing Range (MFFR) in Bikaner, Rajasthan, India, the drill is for training soldiers in joint planning and execution of anti-terrorist missions in a semi-desert environment, the statement added. The final planning stage for the exercise is scheduled to be conducted in Bikaner in August. A battalion-level exercise, INDRA is aimed at enhancing defence cooperation and interoperability, as well as strengthening military-to-military relations between the two armies.