Indo-Russian joint military drill gets underway

Virendra Singh Rawat
Lucknow / Nov 19, 2018
A joint military exercise between India and Russia on combating insurgency under the aegis of United Nations (UN) has begun at Babina Field Firing Ranges, Babina Military Station in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh.


Company sized contingents of the 5th Army of the Russian Federation and a Mechanised Infantry Battalion of India is participating in the 11-day training drill titled ‘Exercise Indra 2019’. The training is being supervised by a joint directing panel comprising of senior officials of both the national contingents.


The aim is to practice joint planning to enhance interoperability of the two armies in the peacekeeping/enforcement environment under the UN ecosystem.


It focuses upon training on enhancing team building, special tactical level operations such as cordon and search, house intervention, handling and neutralisation of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED0 and integrated employment of force multipliers. The topics chosen for the exercise are both live and contemporary affecting both the nations alike.


Meanwhile, the 10th exercise in this series is also aimed at sending a strong message to the world about the interoperability between Indian and Russian armies for joint tactical level operations.

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