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Opening ceremony of Indo-Russia Tri-services Exercise

Opening ceremony of Indo-Russia Tri-services Exercise”

With India and Russia flying multiple common aircraft, IAF pilots would be flying the Russian Sukhoi and MiG series aircraft, sources told DH.

Gen. Solomatin inspected the smartly turned out contingents of the two countries, which was followed by a march past.

India, Russia "Tri-Service" military exercise.

New Delhi, Oct.20: In a glittering opening ceremony in Vladivostok, Russia, on Friday morning, Indian Task Force Commander Major General N D Prasad and Chief of Staff of the Eastern Military District of the Russian Federation, Lt. Gen. Solomatin, declared the tri-service Exercise INDRA 2017 open.

In its previous nine editions, Indra has been conducted as a single-service exercise alternately between India and Russian Federation. The 10-day mega military exercise named Indra will primarily focus on achieving coordination between forces of the two countries in a tri-services integrated theatre command scenario.

This comes after the regional tensions between India and China that recently ended its month-long military standoff at the Doklam.

China has been expanding its naval presence in the Indian Ocean and building infrastructure in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan, which concerned India.

Almost 350 Indian Army soldiers from the Maratha Light Infantry and 80 airmen were flown to Vladivostok by the Indian Air Force's IL-76 aircraft.

On 18 Oct 2017, Indian contingent flew in IL-76 aircraft of the Indian Air Force to Vladivostok comprising of Army and Air Force personnel. Rear Admiral Anatoliy Zelinsky, Deputy Commander, Pacific Fleet of the Russian Navy was present on the occasion.

Scheduled to be conducted at the 249th Combined Army Range Sergiyevisky and in the Sea of Japan near Vladivostok, it is the first tri-service bilateral exercise between the two countries.



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