Vladivostok (Russia): The eighth edition of India-Russia Joint Military Exercise ‘INDRA-2016’ began on September 22 in the Sergeyevsky range in Russia’s Far Eastern Primorye territory or the maritime province (Primorsky Krai). The administrative center of this area is the city of Vladivostok.
The main focus of current edition of the joint exercise is on ‘Counter-Terrorism Operations in semi mountainous and jungle terrain under United Nations Mandate’. To achieve inter-operability in joint operations, troops from both sides would acquaint themselves with the respective approach to such operations. A comprehensive training programme spanning eleven days has been drawn up for the purpose. During this exercise, the Indian and Russian military servicemen will hold operation aimed at detecting, blocking, and eliminating simulated terrorist groupings and illegal armed formations with the use of aviation and artillery. In total, the maneuvers will involve about 500 servicemen from both parties, up to 50 armoured vehicles, a unit of UAVs and attack and army aviation of the Eastern MD of Russia.
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. Mr Loz, Vice Governer Primosski krai Province and Maj Gen Andrei Ivanovich Sichevoe, COS 5th Army from the Russian Army also addressed the contingents.
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 on October 2.