India-Russia Current Affairs
The joint military exercise between Indian and Russia EXERCISE INDRA 2018 was conducted at Babina Field Firing Ranges, Babina Military Station Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh. It was tenth exercise in the series of Exercise INDRA aimed at increasing interoperability between Indian and Russian Armies.
EXERCISE INDRA 2018
The aim of the exercise was to practice joint planning and conduct to enhance interoperability of between two armies in peace keeping/ enforcement environment under aegis of United Nations. For this exercise, India was represented by Mechanised Infantry Battalion of Indian Army, while Russia was represented by company sized contingents of 5th Army.
It focused upon training on enhancing team building, special tactical level operations such as Cordon and Search, house intervention, handling and neutralisation of Improvised Explosive Devices and integrated employment of force multipliers. The primary focus of tactical field exercise was to share best practices amongst militaries and hone existing skills of troops.
India and Russia joint air exercise Aviaindra 18 was held in Lipetsk, Russia from September 17 to 28, 2018. The second session of Aviaindra 18 will be conducted in Jodhpur, Rajasthan (India) from December 10 Dec to 22, 2018
Exercise Aviaindra is Air Force level exercise between India and Russia. It was conducted for first time in 2014 and since then it is conducted bi-annually (twice a year) in both countries. The aim of this exercise is focused towards anti-terrorist operations in bi-lateral scenario. It also seeks to further enhance co-operation and understanding between Air forces of both countries in each other’s Concept of Operations.
Aviaindra-18 saw participation of Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent comprising of 30 officers from different branches and streams of IAF including four women officers of Flying, Admin and Medical Branch. IAF’s aircraft that participated in the exercise included Su-30 SM, Mig-29, Su-25, Mi-8 and An-26. Apart from flying exercise, formal interactions, discussions, exchange of ideas and friendly sports matches were also held to enhance bonhomie between two Air Forces.