Bikaner,India and Russia have gone a step ahead this month with the launch of Exercise INDRA-2015, a 14 day Joint Exercise between the two friendly nations, each participating with a contingent of 250 soldiers. The exercises are progressing at the Mahajan Field Firing Ranges, in Rajasthan with effect from 07 November 2015 and would conclude on 20 Nov 2015.
With the aim of achieving enhanced inter-operability, the personnel of both the Armies were put into exercise for the last one week. A high level of professional understanding is being displayed by both the Armies by overcoming language barriers as well as the uniqueness of their training environments. The exercise, over the past week, has generated excellent professional synergy and military momentum. INDRA-2015 will culminate in a Validation Exercise which would be conducted over the next week.
The INDRA series of joint exercises commenced in 2003 and has been an important annual bilateral feature in the training calendar of the two armies ever since, barring a few years in between. India and Russia have conducted a number of joint exercises across all three wings of the armed forces in the past. This year’s joint exercise involves a total of 500 military personnel, and is aimed towards training soldiers under the UN Mandate, to defeat any likely current and future terrorist threats that may emerge. The exercise is aimed at strengthening and broadening the inter-operability and co-operation between both the Armies. In the meanwhile the troops of both countries also celebrated the festival of light Diwali together on 11 November.