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PHOTOS: India and Russia in COMBAT mode near Pakistan border

October 24, 2013 11:25 IST

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The Indo-Russian joint military exercise 'INDRA 2013', aimed at improving capabilities for carrying out anti-terrorist operations, is underway at Mahajan field firing range near India-Pakistan border in Thar desert of Rajasthan.

Russian troops are using Indian military equipments, including the T-72 and BMP-2, about 30 units in total, all of them made in Russia.

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Image: An Indian Army Special Forces soldier takes up a position during a drill
Photographs: Courtesy Indian Army

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"The main attraction of the exercise is the tank firing competition which will take place on Thursday. Both the Indian and Russian troops are excited about it," defence spokesman Col SD Goswami

Both the Indian and Russian troops are feeling excited about it and all of them are ready for the competition.

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Image: A Dhruv transport helicopter of the Indian Army takes off after inserting teams on the ground
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Among the drills, a joint Russian-Indian command will plan and carry out an anti-terrorist operation, involving the destruction of illegal armed formations.

As part of joint training, mechanised combat groups of both the countries will be participating in this exercise.

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Image: Russian troops take positions during a drill
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"This is for the first time that a joint exercise is pitched at the Combat Group level," said defence spokesperson Col S D Goswami.

He said that the Mahajan field firing range, under control of the headquarter of the South Western Command (Jaipur), has a world class training infrastructure developed during last 2-3 years, which is utilised for carrying out joint international exercises with friendly foreign countries like Russia, US, UK, France, Thailand and Kazakhstan.

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Image: Russian troops at the firing range
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A combat group of Russian Army personnel and an equal complement of Indian soldiers from South Western Command are witnessing integration of their tactical and technical skills in a UN peace enforcement scenario involving mechanised forces.

Goswami said that the Indian side will be led by Colonel Rajesh Nambiar, the Combat Group Commander while the visiting Russian contingent will be led by Lt Gen Vladimir G Tzilko.

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Image: An evacuation drill in progress
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State of the art equipment for surveillance and target acquisition specialist weapons for close quarter battle, explosive and IED detectors, as well as the latest communications equipment, has been fielded for the joint exercise.

Both sides will jointly plan and execute a series of well integrated tactical drills for neutralisation of threats that may be encountered in UN peace operations.

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Image: An Indian Army helicopter inserts a team vehicle during a drill
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Earlier, a similar Indo-Russian Joint Military Exercise 'Indra 2012' was held from August 7-16, 2012, at a military range near Ulan Ude in the Republic of Buryatia, Russian Federation.

Over 250 Indian Army personnel and a matching number of Russian Army personnel participated in the exercise, which involved joint battle reconnaissance and simulated destruction of an illegal armed force.

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Image: Russian soldiers at the Mahajan field firing range
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Since 2003, India and Russia have conducted five 'Indra' series joint military exercises.

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Image: Russian Contingent Commnader Lieutenant Colonel Kalutcky Alexei takes salute at the camp site
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Soldiers from South Western Command march into the base camp.

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Photographs: Courtesy Indian Army

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