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India, Russia war games heat up Rajasthan's desert!

Last updated on: October 25, 2013 17:03 IST

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As part of their counter-terrorism war games, the armies of India and Russia on Friday deployed their attack choppers and tanks in Bikaner, Rajasthan and captured a notional terrorist strong-point in a South Sudan-like scenario.

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As part of the drill 'Exercise Gangneva' (the name has been derived from River Ganges and River Neva of Russia) troops of India and Russia captured a notional rebel strong point by fire assault of attack helicopters and tanks.

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Commenting on the war drills, 10 Corps Commander Lieutenant General NS Ghei said, "For the first time we have integrated both the troops together. The Russian tanks operated under an Indian commander and vice versa. This has been a good improvement."

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The joint military drill INDRA 2013 has already witnessed Exercise Vindhural (the name has been derived from Vindhya mountains of India and Ural mountains of Russia) where troops of both the nations were engaged in combat shooting, clearing villages and capturing the assumed rebels.

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Terming the war drills with Russian troops as a success, the Corps Commander said, "The armoured and mechanised infantry of the army is good and our training standards are excellent. The joint exercise was done under tough circumstances. The firings were accurate despite that. We have full faith on the mechanised divisions."

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He was responding to a question on the army's preparedness on tackling challenges while talking about the joint Indo-Russia exercise INDRA-2013.

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The senior officer said India shares a very special relationship with Russia and officers who have undertaken this training will remember this exercise for a long time.

During the exercise conducted as per the United Nations charter, the troops of the two sides are exercising in situations and scenarios similar to the one in South Sudan where Indian troops had come under rebel attack recently.

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This exercise assumes significance in the wake of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's recent visit to Moscow where both nations called for joint action against terrorism.

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