Exercise Indra 2018: India-Russia to ramp up military ties

To further ramp up military ties, India and Russia will hold joint military exercises in Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh from Nov 18.

Exercise INDRA is being conducted since last nine years as a single service exercise alternately between the two countries. Since its inception in 2003, the INDRA military exercise between the two countries has alternatively involved ground and naval forces from both sides.

Before the India-Russia annual summit in October, the preparations for the joint Russian-Indian exercise, Indra-2018, had taken place in India when it was decided to have the training to have the exercise at a training ground near the town of Babina in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Both countries have been long-standing defense partners and are now seeking ways of further deepening the ties and have decided to “upgrade and intensify”defense cooperation through joint manufacture, co-production, and co-development of key military hardware and equipment.

The two countries will also be having a meeting of the Indian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission on Military-Technical cooperation in Dec this year.

In July this year, Ex Peace Mission 2018, the joint military exercise of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), took place in Russia with participation from eight member countries undertaking joint training on combating terrorism. Countries including India, China, Kazakhstan, and Russia had showcased their armored and mechanized forces.

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