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India-Russia Military Exercise 'INDRA' Scheduled for Late 2018

Published on June 21, 2018
The second half of 2018 will witness the thunderous might of the Tri-Service joint India-Russia military exercise called INDRA.
India-Russia Military Exercise 'INDRA' Scheduled for Late 2018

Already, a Russian military delegation has visited India to discuss the logistics of the exercise.

Expectations from INDRA-2018:

  • During the exercise, combined military units of the Russian Eastern Military District will participate in the drills.
  • Members of the Indian defence forces will also be involved in the planning of the exercise including practical operations of the units besides catering, consumer services and medical support for the Russian units. 
  • In addition, the parties will agree on the procedure for receiving and servicing of military transport aircraft in India.

History of INDRA:

  • INDRA military exercise was launched in 2003 as bilateral exercise between India and Russia to boost cooperation and interoperability between navies of the two countries.
  • The name of the exercise INDRA has been derived from INDIA and RUSSIA.
  • Till 2016, the bilateral exercises under INDRA were undertaken between respective Armies, Navies and Air Forces of India and Russia by separately engaging with each other without concurrent participation from other services.
  • This exercise was transformed into tri-services military exercise in 2017 and was for first time held successfully in October 2017 at Vladivostok, Russia.
  • It was India’s first joint tri-services exercise and also first between Russia and India.
  • It was also first time Russia has hosted tri-services military exercise on its soil.

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