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.

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