Russian-Indian Joint Naval Drills Kick Off in Bay of Bengal


 Russian-Indian naval exercise Indra-2014

   The Joint Russian-Indian naval exercises, Indra Navy, started in the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday.

   According to the press service of the Pacific fleet, a squadron of its warships, including the large anti-submarine warfare ship Admiral Tributs and the Boris Butoma fleet oiler, are set to dock at the Indian port to participate in Indra Navy 2016.

   This year, some 500 servicemen are set to be engaged in the drills, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

   The first joint Russian-Indian naval drills were held in 2003. The drills were also held in 2007, 2014 and 2015.

About 100 aircraft took off to intercept aerial targets in course of the CIS Joint air defence system training

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October 27 – In course of the CIS Joint air defence system training, three Tu-160, one Tu-95MS, and two Tu-22M3 long-range bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces took off from airfields and laid course to the Eastern European and Central Asian regions early in the morning.
The long-range bombers are imitating targets for duty forces of the air defence troops of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russian Aerospace Forces, Air Force and Air Defence formations of the Western and Central military districts of the Russian Armed Forces.
Duty forces of radiotechnical and air defence missile troops of the Western and Central military districts as well as the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Kazakhstan have located and engaged simulated targets in time.
MiG-31, Su-27 and MiG-29 aircraft of the duty forces of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kirgizia, Uzbekistan and Armenia took off from the airfields, received target indication, conducted aerial reconnaissance, reached the interception zone and engaged simulated targets.
In total, about 100 aircraft of the CIS Armed Forces have taken off from their airfields.
Aviation, radiotechnical and air defence missile units of the Armed Forces of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kirgizia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are involved in the inspection. Military control bodies and duty forces are practicing operating in cases of the CIS state border breaching by different aircraft and providing aid to aircraft suffering distress.


Joint Russian-Belarusian tactic exercise with airborne insert and combat firing came to an end in the Ryazan Region

Earlier about 350 servicemen and 3 BMD-2 of the Union airborne insert had been dropped on the Novinki landing area from the altitude of 800 meters.

The combined battalion tactic group of peacemaking forces landed on the area, captured the airfield of the simulated enemy allowing the main forces to land safely.

After landing, units of two countries conducted a 50-km marching on BMD-2 and BTR-80 to the area of the Dubrovichi range and captured the advantageous position.

In total, about 600 servicemen and less than 30 pieces of military armored hardware, 10 army aviation aircraft and 6 Il-76 transports were involved in the exercise.

‘Isolated Russia’ to Hold Its First Ever Military Exercise With Pakistan

Relations have been warming for some time now and recently the first arms deals have been concluded as well


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Originally appeared at The Diplomat

Russia and Pakistan are slated to hold their first ever joint military drill in the coming months, according to local media reports. Around 200 military personnel from Russia and Pakistan will participate in the exercise, a senior Pakistani defense official told The Express Tribune. Both sides have revealed little else about the drill, dubbed Friendship 2016, except that it will take place in mountainous areas.


Neither the exact time of the exercise nor its precise location are known.


The fact that the exercise takes place in mountainous terrain could be an indication that Russia is interested in learning from Pakistan’s military counterinsurgency (COIN) operations. Given the latter’s extensive experience in battling insurgents and Russia’s growing role in the Syrian Civil War, this could very possibly be the case. Russia could also use the exercise to showcase some of its military hardware useful for Pakistani COIN operations, including combat aircraft and infantry weapons.






The military exercise is a clear signal that Moscow and Islamabad are interested in deepening military-to-military relations. “This obviously indicates a desire on both sides to broaden defense and military-technical cooperation,” Pakistan’s ambassador to Russia, Qazi Khalilullah, told a Russian news agency.


Russia’s TASS news agency first announced the joint drill in January of this year. “As part of interaction with our foreign colleagues in 2016, we have scheduled seven joint exercises with the involvement of the relevant units of foreign states. The Army will hold the Russian-Vietnamese exercise and the first ever Russian-Pakistani special drills in mountainous terrain,” the Russian Army commander-in-chief, General Oleg Salyukov, said at the time.


The chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General Valery Gerasimov, met his Pakistani counterpart, General Rashad Mahmood, in late August to discuss deepening military cooperation between the two countries. “The development of constructive relations between Russia and Pakistan is an important factor in ensuring regional stability and international security,” Gerasimov told reporters.


Gerasimov also emphasized that Russia and Pakistan are planning an “intensive program” of joint activities in the months ahead including more military exercises, military exchanges, and talks at the general staff level. The major reason for Russia’s interest in deepening relations with Pakistan will remain selling more Russian-made military hardware (e.g., the Sukhoi Su-35S multirole fighter jet) to Pakistan’s military.


Russia only lifted a longstanding arms embargo against Pakistan in 2014.


In August 2015, Russia and Pakistan concluded an agreement over the purchase of four Mi-35M attack helicopters. The Mi-35M is the export version of the Mi-24 gunship, and is particularly suited for mountainous terrain and can be deployed in adverse weather conditions. The Russian helicopter is slated to replace Pakistan’s fleet of obsolete U.S. made AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters, primarily deployed in counterinsurgency operations in the country.

Nearly 2,000 troops taking part in Peace Mission-2016 drills in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK, September 15. /TASS/. About 2,000 troops are taking part in the Peace Mission-2016 joint anti-terror drills of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member-countries, which got underway in Kyrgyzstan on Thursday, Ruslan Mukambetov, chief of the command and staff exercises, has said.

“The need to conduct such exercises is dictated by modern realities,” he said. “They have repeatedly proven their relevance and significance amid the current international situation, both in the SCO area of responsibility and in the world at large.” These exercises are held for the fourth time in the history of the SCO and for the first time in Kyrgyzstan.

“I am confident that together we will exert every effort to achieve the goals that have been set. In addition to its direct purpose – the fight against terrorism, extremism and separatism – they also promote closer military cooperation between our countries’ armed forces,” Mukambetov noted. He added about 300 military equipment pieces, including 40 combat air force aircraft that are to provide air cover for the ground forces, are involved in the drills this year.

The Peace Mission-2016 exercises, which will last until September 21, are being held at the Edelweiss range located in the mountainous area of Kyrgyzstan’s Issyk-Kul region. Taking part in them are military units from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia and Tajikistan. “In their speeches, the commanders of the military contingents of the SCO member-countries’ armed forces thanked the Kyrgyz military for the warm welcome and hospitality pointing out unanimously that the Kyrgyz side has done a lot to organize and conduct the exercises. Now it is a matter of honor for every soldier and officer to hold them at the highest organizational and qualitative level, ” the General Staff of Kyrgyzstan’s armed forces said in a statement on Thursday.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) comprises Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.


Southern MD formations and units, which took part in the strategic exercise “Caucasus-2016”, are returning to their permanent bases

The Southern MD formations and units, which took part in the strategic command-and-staff exercise “Caucasus-2016”, are returning to their permanent bases.

Some units perform marches on their own; others are heading to military airfields to be projected by military air transports to their bases.

Tactical and army aviation aircraft and helicopters of the Southern MD are flying to their airfields.

Warships, motor boats and auxiliary vessels of the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian flotilla are going to the naval bases located in the Krasnodar Krai, the Astrakhan Region, Dagestan and the Crimea.

In total, the strategic command-and-staff exercise “Caucasus-2016” involved about 12,500 servicemen, over 400 pieces of military hardware including 90 tanks, 60 warplanes and helicopters, over 15 warships and vessels.

The “Caucasus-2016” exercise was held at the military ranges of the Southern MD as well as in the Black and Caspian Seas on September 5-10.

Over 100 Russian and foreign journalists to cover the episode of the “Caucasus-2016” exercise which takes place in the Crimea

Today over 100 Russian and foreign journalists will cover the episode of the “Caucasus-2016” exercise which takes place in the Crimea.

The majority of foreign reporters have come from the NATO countries. The exercise stage will be covered by media representatives from 27 states.

One of the main episodes of the “Caucasus-2016” is held at the Opuk range of the Southern MD. It will involve all the arms and services which are taking part in the strategic exercise.