New Delhi: India and Russia will this week begin their joint army exercise 'Indra' focusing on counter-terrorism operations.
A 250 member strong Russian army contingent would arrive in Bikaner for the joint exercise to be held with the Indian Army from November 7 to November 20.
Exercise Indra-2015 is the seventh edition in a series of bilateral exercises under this banner. The joint exercise in 2015 would focus on 'Counter Terrorism Operations in Desert Terrain under a United Nations Mandate', an army statement said.
To achieve inter operability in joint operations in the future, troops from an Independent Russian Motorised Brigade and Indian Army's Infantry Battalion would initially acquaint themselves with the approach to such operations, Command and Control systems as well as arms and equipment of each other.
The joint training would also focus on ensuring a high degree of physical fitness, tactical drills, techniques and procedures.
A comprehensive training programme for a period of four weeks has been worked out for the same. During the exercise, participants will engage in variety of missions including joint planning, cordon and search operations, search and rescue, joint tactical drills and special arms skills.
The exercise would be conducted in two phases, namely 'Combat Conditioning & Tactical Training' and 'Validation' phases. The exercise would be witnessed by senior Indian as well as Russian Generals.
"The broadened and unprecedented scope of the exercise stands as a testimony to the deep and mature, people to people as well as military to military ties between Russia and India, the statement said.