Indra exercise boosts bilateral ties between India, Russia

Friday, 20 November 2015 08:55

JAISALMER: The joint military exercise between India and Russia, Indra-2015, which is presently underway at the Mahajan Field Firing Range since November 8, is now moving towards culmination.
The exercise is focused towards 'counter terrorism operations in the backdrop of desert terrain under a United Nations mandate'.
Defence spokesman Lt Colonel Manish Ojha said, "The exercise is being conducted in two phases. The first phase of combat conditioning and tactical training was completed successfully by both the contingents. The training received by both the armies in the first week was put to practice in the second phase which is termed as validation stage. Both the contingents jointly took part in the validation exercise which included Clearing of an Axis, Establishment of Observation Post, Cordon & Search Operations and House Clearing Drills."
"The troops of the two countries gelled well with each other and exhibited high degree of coordination to produce requisite synergy which would make any operation a success. In addition to their training schedule, both the contingents learnt about the cultural aspects of each other's countries. The exercise has strengthened the bilateral relations between Indian and Russian soldiers - a relation which has stood the test of time," said Ojha.Manish Ojha said, "The Russian Army follows the conscription system and has an approximate strength of eight lakh. All youth have to serve in the armed forces after high school. Exemption is granted only on specific grounds."
He said, "The structure of the two armies is different in many respects. Unlike the Indian Army, Russian Army doesn't have infantry but has mechanised infantry and each section consists of eight men as compared to ten in India. The Indian Army has a division over a brigade whereas Russian Army directly has a corps over brigade bypassing the system of division."
Ojha said, "Russian armed forces have about two lakh officers as compared to India's 45,000 officers. Officers' training there is similar to the training imparted in India at NDA. The Russian Army uses a bore of 5.46mm for its assault rifles and machine guns and its weapons are Ak-74, rocket-propelled grenade, machine guns, automatic grenade launchers whereas India presently uses a bore of 5.56 mm"., 20.11.2015

Popular articles

20 October 2018

President Putin offers condolences to India over numerous...

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered condolences to India’s President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the accident on rail...
03 October 2018

On October 4–5, Vladimir Putin will visit India

On October 4–5, the President of Russia will make an official visit to the Republic of India. During talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the...
20 September 2018

Second Eurasian Women’s Forum

Vladimir Putin attended the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum and addressed its plenary session. The Second Eurasian Women’s Forum is taking place between...
Emergency phone number only for the citizens of Russia in emergency in India +91-81-3030-0551
Shantipath, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi - 110021
(91-11) 2611-0640/41/42;
(91-11) 2687 38 02;
(91-11) 2687 37 99
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.