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First Russia-Pakistan military exercise Druzhba-2016 begins

The first military exercise between Russia and Pakistan named Druzhba-2016 (Friendship-2016) has kicked off in Pakistan.

With this, Pakistani Army and Russian Ground Forces (RGF) have come together for the first time in military exercises reflecting growing military ties between two former Cold War rivals.

Key Facts

  • The military exercise is taking place at the Army High Altitude School in northern Pakistan’s Rattu and at a special forces training centre in Cherat.
  • The two week long joint military drills aims at bolstering and building military cooperation between the two countries.
  • It will involve experience sharing and develop coordination in carrying out practice combat tasks in a mountainous environment, including operations against illegal armed groups.
  • About 200 troops from the two countries will take part in the two-week long military drills. Of them around 70 personnel will be from Russia’s Southern Military District (SMD).


India and Russia joint military exercise Indra 2016 begins

The eighth edition of joint military exercise ‘Indra-2016’ between India and Russia has begun in Russian city of Vladivostok.

The main focus of this edition of bilateral military exercise is on Counter-Terrorism Operations in semi mountainous and jungle terrain under United Nations Mandate.

Key Facts

  • The eleven days bilateral military exercise seeks to achieve interoperability in joint operations.
  • Troops from both sides would acquaint themselves with the respective approach to such counter-Terrorism operations.
  • Indian army contingent is represented by 250 soldiers from the Kumaon Regiment . It is led by Brigadier Sukrit Chadah.
  • Russian army is being represented by 250 soldiers from the 59th Motorised Infantry Brigade.

The ‘Indra’ series of annual bilateral exercises and is one of the major bilateral defence cooperation initiatives between India and Russia since 2003. The seventh edition of this military exercise or ‘Indra-2015’ was held in Bikaner district of Rajasthan, India.


Joint India-US army exercise Yudh Abhyas 2016 begins in Uttarakhand

The joint military training exercise between India and United States dubbed as “Yudh Abhyas 2016” has begun in Chaubattia in Uttarakhand.

It is the 12th edition of the joint military exercise hosted alternately by the two countries. The two week (from September 14 to 27) exercise will witness participation of about 225 personnel of Congo Brigade of the Indian Army and similar strength of the US Army.

Key Facts

  • Yudh Abhyas 2016 is one of the longest running joint military training and a major ongoing bilateral defence cooperation endeavours between India and the US
  • The purpose of the exercise is to stimulate a scenario where both nations were working together to counter insurgency and counter terrorism (CICT) in mountainous terrain under UN charter.
  • The curriculum of exercise has been progressively planned where the participants are initially made to get familiar with each other’s organisational structure, equipment, weapons and tactical drills.
  • Subsequently, the training advances to joint tactical exercises of both the armies will be coherently unleashed especially in the battle drills.
  • The training will culminate with a final validation exercise in which troops of both countries will jointly carry out an operation against terrorists in a fictitious but realistic setting.