Indo-Russian Exercise Indra 2015 begins
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the Central Data Centre, Army Cloud and Digi-Locker for the Indian Army in New Delhi on November 9. Complimenting the Army for initiating such steps as a part of the Digital Army programme he said this can be of great use for faster documentation, information and speedy delivery of services. The Minister emphasised the need to educate and sensitise every person in the force on the advantages of such services and technology upgradation. However, he also said that maintaining, checking and securing the system is equally important.
The facility under the Army Cloud includes a Central Data Centre, a Near Line Data Centre, both in Delhi and a Disaster Recovery site for replication of its critical data along with virtualised servers and storage in an environmentally controlled complex. This is similar to the Meghraj; the Cloud of National Informatics Centre (NIC) and will provide all information technology infrastructure includ-
The seventh Indo-Russian joint training Exercise Indra 2015 commenced at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges on November 8, 2015, with an impressive opening ceremony that saw the unfurling of the national flags of both countries amidst playing of their national anthems.
Earlier on November 7, the Russian contingent from an Independent Motorised Brigade comprising 250 military personnel along with supporting staff landed at Bikaner directly from Russia. The 14-day training schedule is focused on training on ‘Counter Terrorism Operations in the Backdrop of Desert Terrain under a United Nations Mandate’.
The conduct of this joint military exercise is seen as an important step to reinforce actions related to the establishment and fostering of peace, prosperity and stability in the world by the two nations. The welcome speeches and ceremonies were followed by showcasing of cultural programmes by both sides. They would undergo an intense phase of training in the coming days. The exercise is scheduled to terminate on November 20, 2015.