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India, Russia to hold first joint tri-services military exercises

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New Delhi: To train in counter-terrorism operations in a multinational scenario in a joint tri-service environment, India and Russia will hold large-scale military exercises engaging their armies, navies and air forces for the first time.

The two countries have held annual naval exercises since 2003 but this is the first occasion that both will combine all military services.

The 11-day ‘INDRA-2017’ exercise, starting from October 19, will be conducted at the 249th Combined Army Range Sergievsky and in the Sea of Japan near Vladivostok.

India will send 350 personnel from its army and 80 from the air force, and military hardware including two aircraft and a frigate, while Russia will have about 1,000 troops.

Apart from anti-terrorism drills, the exercises will include professional interactions and establishment of joint command and control structures.

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