Russian, Indian armies to conduct urban anti-terror drills

Indra is a joint military exercise conducted by India and Russia that began in 2003. Source: Courtesy Indian Ministry of Defence

Indra is a joint military exercise conducted by India and Russia that began in 2003. Source: Courtesy Indian Ministry of Defence

The army wing of the Indra-2014 military exercises will focus on fighting terrorism in cities. A special residential district is being set up for the drills.

The Russian and Indian armies will conduct anti-terrorism drills in a simulated urban environment in the Volgograd Region as a part of the Indra-2014 tactical exercises. 

A ‘residential’ district is being constructed on a training ground in for the joint exercises that begin on September 23. The ground with moving vehicles of “the enemy” and mobile targets of “terrorists” will be used to train troops to fight under urban conditions, a spokesman for Russia’s Southern Military District told Itar-Tass.

The area will have three streets, 50 residential buildings and 16 targets - vehicles and about 30 moving figures of ‘members of illegal armed groups’ inside buildings.

Troops are also supposed to neutralize groups of gunmen in a forest, set ambushes and observation posts under conditions of the enemy’s use of sabotage groups and establish cooperation to guard important installations and convoys.

Participants in the manoeuvres will be Russian and Indian motorized infantry units.

Indra is a joint military exercise conducted by India and Russia that began in 2003. The exercise is tasked with boosting cooperation and interoperability between the Russian and Indian navies. It was later extended to the armies as well.

In July 2014, Russia and India conducted the joint naval exercise off Vladivostok. The Indian fleet included the INS Ranvijay destroyer, the INS Shivalik frigate and INS Shakti fleet tanker. Russia deployed the Varyag guided-missile cruiser, the Admiral Vinogradov destroyer and the Peresvet large landing ship.

Over the last fortnight, the air forces of the countries held their first joint exercises. Aerial manoeuvres were held in Voronezh at the Pogonovo range and in Astrakhan Region at the Ashuluk training range

Last year the Russia and Indian armies held the Indra exercises in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. A joint command carried out an anti-terrorist operation, involving the destruction of illegal armed formations. Russian troops used Indian military equipment, including the T-72 and BMP-2, which were made ​​in Russia.

Military cooperation is set to rise between Russia and India and the countries have also pondered over the possibility of including other members of BRICS in joint exercises, although the grouping denies any plans of a military alliance. The Indo-Russian supersonic missile BrahMos is being seen as a model project for joint production with BRICS.

First published by Itar-Tass.

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