New Delhi: Opening ceremony for the second edition of bilateral tri-service Exercise Indra 2019 between India and Russia was conducted on 11 December at Babina, Uttar Pradesh. Lieutenant General DS Ahuja, Chief of Staff Southern Command, along with Russian Major General Tsekov Oleg, Commander in Chief, 5th Army of Eastern Military District, reviewed the parade.
The exercise is being simultaneously conducted at Babina (near Jhansi), Goa and Pune. Company-sized mechanised contingents, fighter and transport aircraft and ships of respective services of both countries are taking part in the exercise.
The aim of the exercise is joint training of troops in counter terrorism operations under the United Nations mandate. Exercise Indra 2019 will further cement long standing strategic ties between India and Russia.
As part of the exercise, important lectures, and demonstrations and drills related to counter-terrorism operations are being conducted. Both countries will also share their experiences in countering terror situations and refine drills and procedures for joint operations.
The exercise will culminate with a 72 hour validation phase which will test the skills of soldiers, sailors and airmen in conducting joint operations in a counter terrorism scenario.
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