Indra 2019 sees India-Russia camaraderie

S Vishnu Sharmaa, INN/Chennai, @Svs03 

The grand scale of exercises that have taken place between armed forces of Russia and India as a part of Indra 2019 brings into limelight the friendly relations between the two countries. Both the nations have been good friends.

The ten day exercise began after its inauguration at the Naval station in Goa. About 700 troops received a warm welcome during the inauguration. Russian soldiers took part in the exercise with the Navy, Army and Air Force of India.

The naval part witnessed INS Aditya and RuFN ship Yaroslav Mudry cast off from Mormugao harbour in Goa recently to commence the sea phase of Indo-Russian joint tri-service exercise Indra 2019.

INS Tarkash, INS Aditya and RuFN ship Yaroslav Mudry participated in an encounter exercise and cross-deck flying on the same day.

The army part comprised Ghatak platoon of the Indian Army taking part along with their Russian counterparts in Babina in Uttar Pradesh. Infantry combat vehicle BMP-1, Main Battle Tank T90M Bhisma also were used in the exercise.

The Air Force part saw conducting aerial operations on the outskirts of Pune in Maharashtra. Indian Air Force is said to have utilised Su-30MKI, multi-role aircraft, MI-17 multipurpose helicopters. 

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