A Joint tri-service exercise between India and Russia will be conducted in India from 10th – 19th December 2019. It will be held in simultaneously at Babina, Pune and Goa. India will or the first time host a joint tri-service military exercise with Russia. The Indra series of exercise began in 2003 and the 1st joint tri-service exercise was conducted in 2017.
The Russian Federation Navy (RuFN) Ships Yaroslav Mudry, Viktor Konetsky and Elyna arrived at Goa on December 10 to participate in INDRA 2019. This year, the naval component of the exercise would be held in two phases. The harbour phase would be held at Goa from December 10-15.
- The Mechanized contingents, fighter and transport aircraft as well as ships of armed forces of India and Russia will participating in this 1-days exercise.
- The two countries will be able to imbibe the best practices from each other, jointly evolve and drills to defeat the scourge of terror under the United Nations mandate.
- The exercise is expected to enhance interoperability between both the national armed forces to jointly undertake operations under the UN Flag.
- Tactical operations end drills such as cordon house of intervention, handling and neutralization of Improvised Explosives Devices, prevention of arms smuggling through sea route and anti-piracy measures will be practiced.
The exercise will culminate with a 72-hour validation phase, which will test the skills of soldiers, sailors and airmen in conducting joint operations in a counter-terrorism scenario. The validation phase will involve the Indian Army’s Ghatak Platoon.
The Indian Air Force will field these aircraft’s:
- Mi 17 helicopters
- Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft
- Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter aircraft.
The theme of the exercise will be relevant as it will focus on combating the threats of global terrorism nations and by countries around the world.