Air Force Phase of India-Russia Tri Services Exercise Indra 2019 in Pune, Gwalior

New Delhi: Exercise Indra 2019, the second edition of Joint Tri Services Exercise between Indian and Russian Armed Forces, is being conducted from 10-20 December simultaneously at Pune and Gwalior for Air Force elements, with Goa hosting the Naval phases.

IAF is undertaking service specific and joint missions during the exercise. The Russian Federation Air Force (RFAF) is participating in the exercise along with IAF counterparts.

The broad theme for the exercise is to organise a Joint Task Force for undertaking planning and execution of air operations for eliminating terrorists at the request of a third country under UN mandate. However, combined missions between IAF and RFAF would also be undertaken for enriching experience and maximising training value in terms of interoperability, said the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in a Press communication.

The Indra exercises are regularly held since 2003, initially being a bilateral single service exercise between India and Russia. The first-ever Joint Tri Services Exercise was held in the Eastern Military District of Russia in October 2017. This year, IAF has fielded Sukhoi Su-30 MkI, Jaguar, MI-17 helicopters, Airborne Warning & Control System (AWAC) aircraft and Garuds of IAF are participating in the exercise. 

Tri Services Ex Indra 2019 will further strengthen mutual confidence, interoperability and enable sharing of best practices between the Armed Forces of both countries.

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