INDO-RUS­SIA MIL­I­TARY EX­ER­CISE IN­DRA 2013

SP's LandForces - - SP’S EXCLUSIVE / TRENDS -

Tak­ing mil­i­tary-to-mil­i­tary re­la­tions to the next level, the first com­bat group level ex­er­cise be­tween In­dia and Rus­sia, In­dra-13, has been con­ducted suc­cess­fully in the Thar Desert, with both sides sat­is­fied with the level of in­ter­op­er­abil­ity and co­op­er­a­tion es­tab­lished in the joint mil­i­tary train­ing drill.

A com­bat group strength of Rus­sian Army per­son­nel and an equal com­ple­ment of In­dian Army sol­diers from the South Western Com­mand took part in the two-week war game that wit­nessed in­te­gra­tion of their tac­ti­cal and tech­ni­cal skills in a UN peace en­force­ment sce­nario in­volv­ing mech­a­nised forces. State-of-theart equip­ment for sur­veil­lance and tar­get ac­qui­si­tion spe­cial­ist weapons for close quar­ter bat­tle, ex­plo­sive and IED de­tec­tors, as well as the lat­est com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment was fielded.

Over sev­eral days, both sides jointly planned and ex­e­cuted a se­ries of in­te­grated tac­ti­cal drills for neu­tral­i­sa­tion of vi­su­alised threats po­ten­tially en­coun­tered in UN peace op­er­a­tions. The ex­er­cise has also turned out to be a deep val­i­da­tion of the South Western Com­mand—the In­dian Army’s youngest com­mand, and its in­fra­struc­ture to hold joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cises.

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