India-Russia holding joint military exercise

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) India and Russia are holding a joint military exercise focused on counter terrorism operations, an official statement said on Tuesday.

The aim of the joint military exercise — INDRA-2015 — presently underway at the Mahajan Field Firing Ranges in Rajasthan since November 8, is to achieve inter-operability by getting acquainted with each other’s operational procedures, drills and understand each other’s functioning in such situations.

“The exercise is focussed towards Counter Terrorism Operations in the backdrop of desert terrain under a United Nations Mandate’,” the statement said.

The exercise will be conducted in two phases and the first phase of combat conditioning and tactical training was completed successfully by both the contingents, the statement said.

“The training received by both the armies in the first week was put into 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 statement said.

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