Moscow and New Delhi have begun preparing for the INDRA-2012 joint military exercises scheduled for August in Russia.
An Indian military delegation visited Ulan-Ude in Russia’s far-east region earlier this year to hold discussions on the drills, informed sources said.
Both countries have over the past five years conducted five of the INDRA series ground and naval exercises, the last being between the two armies in October 2010 in Uttarakhand.
Russia, however, cancelled the exercises last year.
The joint exercise at the Buryatia military training base in southeast Russia, near the border with Mongolia, is aimed at testing the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency skills of the two armies.
The two sides would match their combat skills and try to understand each other’s operating procedures, the sources said.