Moscow, Sept 15: The Indian military contingent comprising 200 personnel from the tri-services is participating in the joint counter-terrorism Exercise PEACEFUL MISSION-2021, which is being held in Russia. The PEACEFUL MISSION is a Multilateral Exercise, which is conducted biennially as part of military diplomacy between Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states.
"The Indian military contingent comprising of an all arms combined force of 200 personnel to include 38 personnel from the Indian Air Force is participating in the Exercise PEACEFUL MISSION -2021," the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
The sixth edition of Exercise PEACEFUL MISSION is being hosted by Russia in the Orenburg Region of southwest Russia from 13 to 25 September. The aim of the exercise is to foster close relations between SCO member states and to enhance abilities of the military leaders to command multi-national military contingents.
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The Indian contingent was inducted to the exercise area by two IL-76 aircraft. Prior to their departure, the contingent underwent training and preparation under the aegis of South Western Command.
The exercise will enable sharing of best practices between the armed forces of SCO nations. It will also provide an opportunity to the armed forces of SCO nations to train in counter-terrorism operations in an urban scenario in a multinational and joint environment, the ministry said.
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The scope of the exercise includes professional interaction, mutual understanding of drills and procedures, establishment of joint command & control structures and elimination of terrorist threats, it added. The exercise PEACEFUL MISSION 2021 is a landmark event in military interactions and global cooperation to counter-terrorism.
India was set to participate in these drills last year too but it withdrew from the multi-lateral exercise in the backdrop of the tensions with China due to the aggression shown by the Chinese People's Liberation Army in an attempt to unilaterally alter the Line of Actual Control.
Indian troops are currently also in Russia participating in the Zapad-21 drills in which the Chinese and Pakistani militaries are present as observers.