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INDRA 2017: First Ever Indo-Russian Tri- Services Exercise

India and Russia conduct their first-ever military exercise with Army, Air Force, and Navy.

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This year’s India-Russia annual joint military exercises called INDRA-2017, comprises of all the three services – the Army, the Air Force and the Navy. It is a 10-day exercise which is being conducted in Russia.

The Defence Ministry, in a statement, said the INDRA-2107 will be ‘a landmark event in the history of Indo-Russian defence cooperation’. In its previous nine editions, INDRA has been conducted as a single-service exercise alternately between the two countries.

The Indian contingent comprises of 350 personnel from army, 80 from air force, two IL 76 aircraft and one Frigate and Corvette each from the navy. Russia is representing approximately 1,000 troops of the 5th Army, marines and ships of Pacific Fleet and aircraft from Eastern Military District, an official release said.

"INDRA-2017 will serve towards strengthening mutual confidence and interoperability as well as sharing of the best practices between the armed forces of both the countries," the statement said.

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"The joint tri-service exercise will be a demonstration of the increasing commitment of both nations to address common challenges across the full spectrum of operations," it added.

Scheduled to be conducted at the 249th Combined Army Range Sergiyevisky and in the Sea of Japan near Vladivostok, it is the first tri-service bilateral exercise between the two countries.

The exercise started on 19 October 2017 with a glittering opening ceremony, a display of traditional martial arts and folk dances by the Indian troops and a flypast by four fighter aircraft of Russian Federation Air Force.

The opening ceremony was followed by a ceremonial banquet hosted by the Russian side, where both sides interacted in an informal atmosphere and expressed their common intent and strong resolve to conduct the exercise in a professional manner, so as to achieve the overall objectives of the Exercise INDRA 2017.

Video Editor: Sandeep Suman

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