Exercise INDRA 2017, the first ever tri services joint exercise between Indian and Russian Armed Forces, began on 19 October 2017 in the Eastern Military District of Russia. The exercise will be held till 29 October 2017.
Previously, Exercise INDRA has been conducted as a single service exercise alternately between the two countries. This year, the exercise has been upgraded to involve all the three Services of the Armed Forces- Army, Navy & Air Force.
• Exercise INDRA-2017 is being conducted at the 249th Combined Army Range Sergeevisky and in the Sea of Japan near Vladivostok.
• The Indian contingent comprises 350 personnel from Army, 80 from Air Force, two IL 76 aircraft and one Frigate and Corvette each from the Navy.
• The Russian Federation Armed Forces is represented by approximately 1000 troops of the 5th Army, Marines and Ships of Pacific Fleet and aircraft from Eastern Military District.
• The scope of the exercise includes professional interactions, establishment of joint command and control structures between the Indian & Russian forces.
• It will strengthen mutual confidence, inter-operability and enable sharing of best practices between both the armed forces.