India to host tri-service military drills with Russia


India will for the first time host a joint tri-service military exercise with Russia from December 10 to 19, defence sources said on Saturday. The 10-day bilateral joint services exercise ”Indra-2019” will witness company-sized mechanised contingents, fighter and transport aircraft as well as ships of the two armies, air forces and navies.

“It would involve eight tactical episodes involving the ground forces of both countries,” said Indian Army sources.

”Indra-2019” is expected to enhance interoperability between both national armed forces to jointly undertake operations under the UN flag. “In light of the threat of global terrorism faced by both nations and by countries around the world the theme of the exercise is contemporary and relevant,” said the sources.

In preparation of this exercise a joint planning meeting was held from November 7 to 10 in two phases. Phase I of the meeting was conducted on November 7 and November 8 at respective service locations of Babina, Pune and Goa to discuss service-specific modalities. Read More

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