India-Russia Joint Military Exercises to Start Saturday

A Russian made Indian Air Force Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft is seen on display at 'Aero India 2007' at Yelahanka air base on the outskirts of Bangalore, India. File photo

 

India and Russia are set to launch joint Indra-2015 military drills on countering international terrorism in India’s largest state Rajasthan on Saturday.

 The seventh Indra exercises will take place in India’s northern Mahajan firing range until November 20 with the focus on the so-called Counter-Terrorism Operations in Desert Terrain under a United Nations Mandate, according to a press release of the Indian Defense Ministry.

To achieve “inter operability” in joint operations in the future, troops from an Independent Russian Motorized Brigade and Indian Army’s Infantry Battalion would initially acquaint themselves with the approach to such operations, Command and Control systems as well as each other’s arms and equipment.The drills will consist of two phases, namely “Combat Conditioning and Tactical Training” and “Validation.” Senior military officials from India and Russia are expected to observe the joint exercises.

According to the Russian Southern Military District, up to 250 troops from each side will participate in the drills.

Russia and India have maintained close partnership in military and technical cooperation for decades. The two countries have been conducting joint military drills annually since 2003.

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India, Russia to Hold Joint Military Drills on November 7-20

Russian servicemen during the Indra-2014 Russian-Indian joint drill

 

India and Russia will hold joint Indra-2015 military exercises in India’s largest state Rajasthan on November 7-20.

 India and Russia will hold joint Indra-2015 military exercises in India’s largest state Rajasthan on November 7-20, the Indian Defense Ministry said Thursday.

“A 250 member strong Russian Army contingent would arrive in Bikaner for INDRA-2015 for the joint exercise to be held with the Indian Army from 07 November to 20 November 2015,” the ministry said in a press release.

The seventh joint Indra drills will take place in northern India’s Mahajan firing range. The exercises will focus on ‘Counter Terrorism Operations in Desert Terrain under a United Nations Mandate,’ the press release added.

The drills are due to be conducted in two stages, namely “Combat Conditioning and Tactical Training” and “Validation,” according to the press release. Senior military officials from India and Russia are expected to observe the exercises.

Russia and India have maintained close partnership in military and technical cooperation for decades. The two countries have been conducting joint military drills annually since 2003.

Russian army preparing for Indra-2015

 
Up to 250 troops from each side will participate in the drills in northern India’s Mahajan firing range.
The Indian servicemen tried their hand at using Russian-made weapons during the exercise, firing anti-tank rocket launchers, Kalashnikov guns and Dragunov SVD sniper rifles. Source: Kirill Braga / RIA Novosti
Indian and Russian servicemen during Indra-2014 drills. Source: Kirill Braga / RIA Novosti

Russian mechanized infantry in the south of the country is finishing preparations for its Indra-2015 drills with military units from India, the Russian Southern Military District press service said Thursday.

The drills will take place in November in northern India’s Mahajan firing range. The event will span 13 days, without the time needed for the redeployment of the troops’ contingents.

“At the moment, [the troops] are practicing the norms of marching, tactical, engineering, firing and medical training under the guidance of commanders of units. Special attention is being paid to the issues of military use of weapons, technical and special reconnaissance techniques and mastering techniques of life support and camouflage in combat missions,” the district said in a statement.

Up to 250 troops from each side will participate in the drills.

Russia and India have been close partners in military and technical cooperation for decades. The countries collaborate in science and medicine, as well as infrastructure construction and nuclear energy.

The countries carried out the Indra Navy-2015 naval exercises in Russia’s Vladivostok in June.

In July 2014, the Russian Pacific Fleet and the Indian Navy conducted naval exercise Indra-2014 in the Sea of Japan, to train and improve joint naval actions and boost the countries’ capability to counter maritime security threats.

The drills are conducted alternately in Russia and India.

Russia, Tajikistan Use Drones in Joint Military Exercises

The armed forces of Russia and Tajikistan used drones in their joint military drills near the Tajik capital of Dushanbe, an aide to the Central Military District’s commander, Col. Yaroslav Roshchupkin, said Monday.

 

The armed forces of Russia and Tajikistan used drones in their joint military drills near the Tajik capital of Dushanbe, an aide to the Central Military District’s commander, Col. Yaroslav Roshchupkin, said Monday.

 “As part of the combat training actions against illegal armed groups in mountain and mountainous regions, unmanned aerial vehicles conducted optical and electronic intelligence, searched for hypothetical armed groups…”, he said.

He added that the drills were focused on developing a united approach to countering illegal armed groups and joint tactical operations.

In May, the Russian and Tajik armed forces also held drone drills in Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains to practice using drones against illegal armed groups in areas of high altitude.On Friday, clashes between Tajik government forces and an armed gang in the capital of Dushanbe and in the city of Vahdat, located some six miles away, left over 30 police officers and nine gang members dead.

Some 700 Russian troops alerted in Abkhazia for manoeuvres

 

Russian Military Technologies's photo.
September 7 – About 700 troops and more than 150 modern military equipment units of the Russian military base in Abkhazia are taking part in a command-staff exercise that began on Monday, the press service of Russia’s Southern Federal District told.
“The formation’s military were alerted and its units made a march to the exercise area,” the source said.
According to him, the troops drilled antiaircraft defense actions during an air raid of the aggressor, as well as contaminated terrain crossing in the conditions of the use of weapons of mass destruction by the enemy.
The press service said that the drills are aimed at improving the command and control of the formation in various types of combat in the coastal area, in mountainous-wooded and even terrain.
The manoeuvres involve the KamAZ “Mustang” vehicles, the BTR-82M armoured personnel carriers, the Akatsiya self-propelled howitzers, Grad multiple launch rocket systems and radio and space communications equipment.

Post-Soviet Military Bloc’s Drills are Long Planned, Not Response to NATO

A serviceman of the CSTO's Collective Rapid Deployment Forces hold the Interaction 2015 joint drill in the Pskov Region

 

According to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Interaction-2015 military exercises were approved last year and have nothing to do with drills in Western countries.

PSKOV. Th  e Collective Security Treaty Organization’s (CSTO) Interaction-2015 drills are long planned, and not a response to current NATO exercises, the organization’s Deputy Secretary General Valery Semerikov said Monday.

“I would not like to see our exercises considered a reaction to the fact that NATO currently carries out exercises in Western countries. Our drills are planned, they were approved last year by defense ministers and security council secretaries,” Semerikov told reporters.

The Interaction-2015 exercises, held on August 24-28 in northwestern Russia, involve units from Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. More than 2,000 personnel and 200 pieces of military hardware from the CSTO rapid response forces take part in the joint drills.NATO’s simultaneous multinational airborne operations, named Swift Response 15, are being held across Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania. Over 4,800 troops from 11 countries are participating in the largest NATO exercises in Europe since the end of the Cold War, running until September 13.

More than 2,000 troops to take part in CSTO drills near Pskov

The exercises will involve military contingents from Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan,” Russian Airborne Troops Colonel-General said

MOSCOW, August 19. /TASS/. More than 2,000 servicemen and 200 pieces of military equipment will take part in the exercises of the Collective Rapid Reaction Force (KSOR) of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) “Interaction-2015”, which will be held near the city of Pskov in in the west of Russia in late August, commander of the Russian Airborne Troops Colonel-General Vladimir Shamanov told reporters on Wednesday.

“The exercises will involve military contingents from Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Overall, more than 2,000 troops and 200 pieces of military equipment will be involved in the drills. The smallest contingent – the assault platoon – will be from Tajikistan, the biggest – two battalions with a total number of about 1,000 paratroopers – from Russia,” Shamanov said.

The general noted that the drills would also involve more than 40 aircraft and helicopters – the Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jets, SU-24 frontline bombers, the Ilyushin Il-76 military transport aircraft and also the Mil MI-24, MI-26 and the Kamov KA-52 helicopters.

Shamanov added that Kazakhstan had sent to the exercises a battalion of radiation, chemical and biological defence. According to him, the unit “equipped with the state-of-the-art specimen of equipment, which they will bring to the exercises, will practice dealing with the aftermath of a man-made disaster in the interests of the KSOR contingents.”