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India-Russia Joint Military Exercise Indra-2015 begins in Rajasthan

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The seventh edition India-Russia Joint Military Exercise ‘Indra-2015’ has begun in Bikaner district of Rajasthan. This edition of exercise is focusing on ‘Counter Terrorism Operations in Desert Terrain under a United Nations Mandate’.
Key facts The bilateral exercise would be held between Indian Army’s Infantry Battalion and Independent Russian Motorised Brigade up to 20 November 2015. It would be conducted 2 phases, namely ‘Combat Conditioning & Tactical Training’ and ‘Validation’ phases. Both participating battalions would initially acquaint themselves with each other’s counter terrorism approaches including Command and Control systems, operations, arms and equipment. They would also focus on ensuring a high degree of physical fitness, tactical drills, techniques and procedures.
This joint exercise will also engage in variety of joint missions including joint planning, Search and Rescue, Cordon and Search operations, special arms skills and joint tactical drills. The bilateral exercise seeks to further boost people to people as well as military to military ties between India and Russia.