New Delhi, April 20: India -Russia joint military exercise is going to involve Army, Navy and Air Force for the first time. This new deal will strengthen military-to-military ties between these two long-lasting strategic partners. India wants to reform the defense exercise with a synergy among three forces.
Under Indra Joint Military exercise India and Russia will involve three troops from both the countries. This is the first time India will participate in the trilateral exercise with another country. Two countries have already discussed on the issue but they will soon hold another two meetings "to complete planning for Indra-2017 expanded maneuvers." India’s Finance and Defense Minister Arun Jaitley will visit Russia on April 25-26 to discuss the expansion of Indra-2017 military exercises. He will take part in the 6th Moscow conference on security.
Since 2003 Indra India-Russia drills have been held. The joint exercise encourages interaction among servicemen of both countries. Since then Indra involves army-to-army, navy-to-navy or air force to- air force exercises. Until 2013 the drills were irregular and after 2014 there are annual drills involving ground and naval phases.
Te trilateral exercise could be held in Russia. October-November is the expected time for the first exercise. The last Indra exercise was held in the Ussiriysk District in Vladivostok, Russia. The objective of the last edition was ‘Counter-Terrorism Operations in semi-mountainous and jungle terrain under United Nations Mandate’.