New Delhi: Russian Federation Navy (RuFN) Ships Yaroslav Mudry, Viktor Konetsky and Elyna arrived at Goa yesterday, 10 December, to participate in Indra 2019, the second edition of the tri-services exercise between the Indian and Russian Armed Forces. The Naval component of the exercise is being conducted off the coast of Goa from 10 to 19 December.
The aim of the exercise is to enhance interoperability and develop an understanding in order to effectively tackle common security challenges, said the Ministry of Defence in a Press communication, adding that Indra initially began as a bilateral naval exercise between the Indian and Russian Federation navies in 2003. The exercise has now assumed a tri-service scope with corresponding maturity and gradual increase in complexity and level of participation.
This year, the naval component of the exercise will be held in two phases. The harbour phase will be held in Goa from 10 to 15 December and encompass planning conferences, professional interactions, cultural visits, sports fixtures and formal calls between Flag Officers and Senior Officers of the participating navies. The Sea Phase of the exercise will be conducted in the Arabian Sea from 16 to 19 Dec.
The focus area for the exercise at sea will be Underway Replenishment, Air Defence Drills, Surface Firings, Visits Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) operations, and other tactical procedures.
The Indian Navy is to be represented by Fleet Support Ship INS Aditya, and frontline Guided Missile Frigate INS Tarkash. In addition, Dornier and P8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft, MIG 29 K Fighter Aircraft and other integral rotary wing helicopters will also participate in the exercise.
The Indian Army will be fielding a Ghatak Platoon in the validation exercise on 18 Dec, whereas an assortment of Sukhoi Su-30 MKI, Jaguar, Mi 17 helicopters and an Airborne Warning & Control System (AWACS) aircraft will be participating from the Indian Air Force.
Tri Services Exercise Indra 2019 will help further strengthen mutual confidence and interoperability, and also enable sharing of best practices between the Armed Forces of both countries, said the MoD communication, adding that the exercise will be yet another milestone in strengthening security cooperation and serve to reinforce the long-standing bond of friendship between India and Russia.
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