RUS­SIAN MOD TO SEND 250 SOL­DIERS FOR IN­DRA 2013 EX­ER­CISE

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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.

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