In­dia-Rus­sia Joint Mil­i­tary Ex­er­cise In­dra 2016 in Vladi­vos­tok

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THE EIGHTH EDI­TION OF In­dia-Rus­sia Joint Mil­i­tary Ex­er­cise ‘In­dra 2016’ has be­gun in the Us­siriysk dis­trict in Vladi­vos­tok, Rus­sia. Main fo­cus of this edi­tion of the joint ex­er­cise is on counter-ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tions in semi-moun­tain­ous and jun­gle ter­rain un­der the United Na­tions man­date. To achieve in­ter­op­er­abil­ity in joint op­er­a­tions, troops from both sides would ac­quaint them­selves with the re­spec­tive ap­proach to such op­er­a­tions. A com­pre­hen­sive train­ing pro­gramme span­ning 11 days has been drawn up for the pur­pose.

The troops of In­dian Army marched smartly along­side the Rus­sian Army in an im­pres­sive open­ing cer­e­mony of Ex­er­cise In­dra 2016. Both contin­gents marched in uni­son, past the salut­ing dais, ex­hibit­ing their re­solve to fur­ther the Indo-Rus­sian friend­ship. Bri­gadier Sukrit Chadah, In­dian Con­tin­gent Com­man­der, ad­dressed the two contin­gents and high­lighted the need for joint­ness be­tween the two na­tions to de­feat ter­ror­ism. Loz, Vice Gov­er­nor Pri­mosski krai Prov­ince, and Ma­jor Gen­eral An­drei Ivanovich Sichevoe, COS 5th Army from the Rus­sian Army, also ad­dressed the contin­gents.

Some 250 sol­diers of the Ku­maon Reg­i­ment are rep­re­sent­ing the In­dian con­tin­gent and the Rus­sian Army is be­ing rep­re­sented by 250 sol­diers from the 59th Mo­tor­ized In­fantry Bri­gade. In­dra se­ries of bi­lat­eral ex­er­cises is one of the ma­jor bi­lat­eral de­fence co­op­er­a­tion ini­tia­tives be­tween In­dia and Rus­sia since 2003. The In­dian con­tin­gent is sched­uled to re­turn to In­dia on ter­mi­na­tion of the ex­er­cise in the first week of Oc­to­ber 2016.

(Top) Bri­gadier Sukrit Chadah along with Rus­sian Ma­jor Gen­eral An­drei Ivanovich Sichevoe, COS 5th Army, re­view­ing the pa­rade at Vladi­vos­tok, Rus­sia; (mid­dle) contin­gents line up for the open­ing cer­e­mony of Ex­er­cise In­dra at Vladi­vos­tok; (bot­tom) sol­diers of both ar­mies in jubliant mood after the open­ing cer­e­mony at Vladi­vos­tok.

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