Armies of India, Russia to hold joint counter-terror exercise

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New Delhi:  Armies of India and Russia will hold their first joint counter-terrorism war games involving tanks and armoured fighting vehicles  close to Moscow's boundary with China and Mongolia from August 7.

The fourth round of army-to-army exercise between the two Armies will involve over 250 troops from both sides and will be conducted at a training range in Republic of Buryatia in South East of Russia, Army officials said in New Delhi.

The exercise aims at carrying out counter-terrorism operations by mechanised heavy combat group under UN mandate, they said.

The exercise will help prepare forces of both the countries for anti-terrorist operations to eliminate terrorist groups and also to conduct recce and search actions and isolation of terrorist groups, officials said.

The Indian contingent is headed by Additional Director General (Mechanised Forces) Maj Gen R S Chand and includes troops from 14 Mechanised Infantry, 16 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles and troops from Parachute Regiment, Artillery and the Army Medical Corps, they said.

During the exercise, the Indian troops will also get an opportunity to use Russian equipment, officials said.

An Indian Air Force (IAF) Ilyushin-76 aircraft will also be the part of the exercise ending on August 16.

India and Russia have so far conducted three rounds of INDRA exercises. The first exercise was carried out in 2005 in Rajasthan, followed by Prshkov in Russia. The third exercise was conducted at Chaubattia in Kumaon hills some time ago.

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