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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
23-October-2010 19:52 IST
EX Indra-10 : India - Russia Joint Exercise Culminates at Ranikhet
With a clear intent to demonstrate their resolve to fight against terrorism, strike infantry units from the Indian and Russian armies culminated a joint military exercise named EX INDRA -10 in the Kumaon Hills around Ranikhet on 23 Oct 10. The exercise spread over a ten day period enabled greater synergy between the forces and a clearer understanding of the doctrine practiced by each nation to combat terrorism, thereby further cementing the relationship which has existed between the two nations. The exercise also witnessed many tactical exercises by both the armies which included use of state-of-the-art technology to enhance the ability to retain their supremacy in combating unconventional methods used by insurgents/terrorists.

In the backdrop of the majestic and magnificent Himalayas, an elite infantry battalion from the Indian Army and a recce battalion from a motorized brigade of the Russian Army jointly carried out numerous battle drills in the thick forests around the area simulating actual situations which occur in areas affected by insurgency / terrorism in the nation. Troops from the two nations relished the golden opportunity to share battle experiences, tactics and techniques used by them in combating the various hues of insurgency/ terrorism which have affected their countries. The Russian Army were especially impressed by the drills and tactics evolved by the Indian Army to conduct people-friendly surgical operations.

The exercise is the third, in the series of Army level exercises between both nations, the previous joint exercises being EX INDRA-05 at Agra and EX INDRA-07 in Pskov in Russia. While the previous two exercises were based on airborne manouvres, the exercise this year is the first time that such a large number of troops from both sides are training together on Counter Insurgency / terrorism operations.

This exercise was conducted in three phases to improve the interoperability and imbibe lessons at small team levels; levels at which success is imperative to combat terrorism. During the culmination phase on the last two days a realistic simulated joint operational exercise was conducted involving surveillance, acquiring and assessing of intelligence; joint planning; multi-directional induction of forces in small teams maintaining stealth; regrouping into joint task forces and joint teams; followed by a series of counter-terrorist operations. The operations simulated involved coordinated cross-country movement over approx 20 km; orchestrated sweep searches over the intended areas of operations; detection and isolation of terrorist hides; elimination of terrorists holed inside without collateral damage and employment of special teams, both vehicle and heliborne, to exploit fleeting opportunities. The exercise provided an opportunity to troops at both levels to understand each other’s manouvres and tactics, as also build confidence amongst each other for conduct of any future joint tasks and operations between the nations against terrorism. There is no doubt, the exercise achieved what it had set out to achieve.

Visibly impressed by the manner in which the Indian Army conducts people-friendly counter terrorist operations, HE Mr Alexander M Kadakin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of India who witnessed the final phase of the exercise complimented the troops participating from both armies for the sterling display of military prowess in fighting in unison against the hydra-headed monster of terrorism. Addressing the media delegation, along with Lt Gen VK Ahluwalia, GOC-in-C HQ Central Command, Lt Gen Sobulev Victor Ivanovic, Chief of Russian Military Specialist in India from the Russian Embassy, expressed his gratitude to the Indian leadership for the opportunity provided to train together and complimented the military leadership for sharing their experiences and doctrines which will enable the participating troops to prosecute operations against terrorism at all levels. He hoped that the exercise will be a catalyst for many more such bilateral military exchanges in the future.