Ex­er­cise In­dra 2017

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Ex­er­cise In­dra 2017, the first ever Tri Ser­vices joint ex­er­cise be­tween In­dian and Rus­sian Armed Forces was held in the East­ern Mil­i­tary Dis­trict of Rus­sia from 19 to 29 Oc­to­ber 2017, con­ducted as a sin­gle ser­vice ex­er­cise al­ter­nately be­tween the two coun­tries nine times. 2017 marks a ma­jor mile­stone as this ex­er­cise has been up­graded to in­volve all the three ser­vices of the armed forces. The Ex­er­cise was con­ducted at the 249th Com­bined Army Range Sergee­visky and in the Sea of Ja­pan near Vladi­vos­tok. The In­dian contin­gent com­prised of 350 per­son­nel from Army, 80 from Air Force, with two IL-76 air­craft and one Frigate and Corvette each from the Navy, while Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion Armed Forces were rep­re­sented by ap­prox­i­mately 1000 troops of the 5th Army, Marines and ships of Pa­cific Fleet and air­craft from East­ern Mil­i­tary Dis­trict.

Ad­dress­ing the In­dian Contin­gent Lt Gen Satish Dua re­minded them of the im­por­tance of the ex­er­cise that pro­vided “an op­por­tu­nity to the armed forces of both coun­tries to train in counter ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tions in a multi­na­tional sce­nario in a joint tri ser­vice en­vi­ron­ment.” The scope of the ex­er­cise in­cluded pro­fes­sional in­ter­ac­tions, estab­lish­ment of joint com­mand and con­trol struc­tures be­tween the In­dian and Rus­sian forces and elim­i­na­tion of ter­ror­ist threat in a multi­na­tional en­vi­ron­ment un­der the UN man­date. “Ex­er­cise In­dra 2017 will strengthen mu­tual con­fi­dence, in­ter­op­er­abil­ity and en­able shar­ing of best prac­tices be­tween both the armed forces.”

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