INDRA 2017 is the first tri-service Armed Forces (Army, Navy, & Air Force) exercise INDRA 2017 between India and Russia.
It seems to be an indication of strengthening bilateral ties. For Russia, it is the first ever tri-services military exercise with any foreign country (India). The annual joint military exercises are set to begin on Friday, 20th October 2017 as declared by the officials said on Thursday.
In a statement, the Defence Ministry said that “It will be a landmark event in the history of Indo-Russian defense cooperation”. It is the first tri-service bilateral exercise between the two countries in 249th Combined Army Range Sergeevisky and the Sea of Japan near Vladivostok.
INDRA 2017 will help in strengthening mutual confidence and interoperability in addition to sharing of the best practices between the armed forces of both the countries. A statement said that “The joint tri-service exercise will be a demonstration of the increasing commitment of both nations to address common challenges across the full spectrum of operations”. 350 personnel from Army, 80 from Air Force, two IL 76 aircraft and one frigate and corvette each from the Navy will be there by the Indian contingent whereas Russia will be having approximately 1000 troops of the 5th Army, marines and ships of Pacific Fleet and aircraft from Eastern Military District.
Lt General Satish Dua, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) added that “The exercise will provide an opportunity to the armed forces of both countries to train in counter-terrorism operations in a multinational scenario in a joint tri-service environment. It will focus on professional interactions, the establishment of joint command and control structures between the Indian and Russian forces and elimination of terrorist threat in a multinational environment under the UN mandate”.
He further adviced to maintain high standards of discipline and work ethic. It is clear that India had excellent defence relations with Russia and the country is a natural partner to hold such an exercise and we can expect more such exercises in future. Earlier INDRA was conducted as a single service exercise alternately between the two countries but this year all the three services of the armed forces are a part of it.