India and Russia to hold joint military exercise

The exercise, codenamed as Indra-2012 will start from this month 7th. More than 250 soldiers are expected to take place in the exercise, which will take place in the Siberian republic of Buryatia. The exercise will go on for 10 days, ending on August 16. Indra-2012 is one of the several bilateral military exercises between India and Russia planned for this year.

From the Indian side, in addition to the army, a contingent from the Indian Air Force (IAF) will also be taking part in the operations. The Ilyushin Il-76 multi-purpose strategic airlifter is likely to reach Russia by next week. The army contingent will be commanded by Additional Director General (Mechanised Forces) Maj Gen R S Chand. Troops from the 16 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, Army Medical Corps, 14th Mechanised Infantry, Parachute Regiment, and Artillery are likely to take part from the Indian side.

From the Russian side, hundreds of soldiers will take part, in addition to the armored infantry vehicles and Main Battle Tanks (MBTs). Troops from the Russian Special Forces are also likely to take part in the exercises. The Indian troops will be given the opportunity to use Russian equipment during the drills.

This is the fourth “Indra” exercises to be conducted by India and Russia. The first exercise was carried out in the Indian state of Rajasthan, in 2005. The Russian province of Pskov hosted the second event, while the third one took place in Kumaon, India.

Full article: India and Russia to hold joint military exercise (Indian Defence)

Russia, India Prepare for INDRA-2012 Military Drills

Russia and India started on Monday the preparation for joint INDRA-2012 military exercises scheduled to be held in Russia this summer, a spokesman for Russia’s Eastern Military District said.

“An Indian military delegation arrived on Monday in Ulan Ude [in Russia’s Far East] to discuss the preparation for INDRA-2012 military drills to be held this summer,” Lt. Col. Alexander Gordeyev said.

Russian and Indian military officials will reconnoiter the terrain at the training range where the drills will be held, the spokesman said.

Since 2003, India and Russia have conducted five of the INDRA series joint ground and naval exercises. The last such exercise was held between Russian and Indian army units in India in October 2010.

Full article: Russia, India Prepare for INDRA-2012 Military Drills (Defence Talk)