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India, Russia to upgrade military exercises

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley is scheduled to visit Russia from April 25 on a bilateral visit where he will also address the Moscow Conference on International Security on April 26.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley is scheduled to visit Russia from April 25 on a bilateral visit where he will also address the Moscow Conference on International Security on April 26.  

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This will be a first for India in bilateral military exercises with any other country.

India and Russia have agreed to upgrade their annual Indra bilateral military exercise to a multilateral level involving the three services. This will be a first for India in bilateral military exercises with any other country.

“There will be no separate Army, Navy Air Force Indra exercises with Russia. It has been agreed to have them in a tri-service format,” a senior defence ministry source said.

Pointing to India’s efforts to promote integration among the three services, the source said, “This will be an opportunity for India to synergise jointness between its services and see how other countries function jointly.”

This year’s edition of Indra exercises are scheduled to be held around October or November in Russia. The initial planning conference to finalise the details has already been held. Two more meetings will be held to finalise all the details, the source stated.

The Integrated Defence Staff of the Defence Ministry will lead the exercises which are planned to take place in Russia this year. Officials also pointed to the commonalities between the Indian and Russian armed forces with most of the Indian arsenal being imported from Moscow.

“For instance advantage with Russia is aircraft can be shared. They need not be taken from here,” the source added.

Jaitley to visit Russia

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley is scheduled to visit Russia from April 25 on a bilateral visit where he will also address the Moscow Conference on International Security on April 26.

Mr. Jaitley will have a bilateral meeting with his Russian counterpart General Sergei Shoigu and other bilaterals are also being planned.

In the past two editions, India was represented by the Minister of State for Defence.

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