To strengthen and preserve the bilateral
military cooperation, the armed forces of India and Russia will engage
themselves in a first ever tri-service bilateral exercise.
The 11-day long exercise named INDRA
2017 will be conducted in three location in and around the Ussiriysk district in Russia’s Vladivostok. This exercise gains immense
significance on the simple score that the biggest ever Indian military
contingent goes to a foreign country for this unique engagement. It is said 350
soldiers, 80 air warriors and 480 navy soldiers will participate in this grand
According to an official
statement, on 18 Oct 2017, Indian contingent flew in IL-76 aircraft of the
Indian Air Force to Vladivostok comprising of Army and Air Force personnel. The
contingent, led by the Task Force Commander, Maj Gen ND Prasad was accorded a
warm welcome by Commander of the Fifth Army of Russian Eastern Military
District, Maj Gen Kutuzov.
On 19 Oct 2017, two indigenously built Indian Naval ships INS Satpura and INS
Kadmatt arrived at Vladivostok Port and were given a traditional ceremonial
welcome. Rear Admiral Anatoliy Zelinsky, Deputy Commander, Pacific Fleet of the
Russian Navy was present on the occasion.
Earlier in the day, the delegation led by Maj Gen ND Prasad, Task Force
Commander called on Mr Alexey Litvinov, the acting Mayor of Vladivostok. Maj
Gen ND Prasad thanked the Mayor for the extremely warm welcome accorded to the
Indian contingent and expressed the hope that the exercise would lead to
increased mutual cooperation between the two countries. Also, the Naval Component
Commander Rear Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta interacted with Admiral Sergei
Avakyants, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Pacific Fleet in a warm and
An observer delegation led by Lt Gen JS Negi along with Air Vice Marshal VR
Chaudhari and Rear Admiral V Sreenivas visited the 249 Sergeyvsky Training
Ranges where a major part of the Army and Air Force component of tri-service
exercise INDRA-2017 will be conducted. The delegation was briefed on the
overall conduct of the exercise, after which they visited the camp where the
contingent was being accommodated.
INDRA-2017 will serve towards strengthening mutual confidence and
interoperability as well as sharing of the best practices between the armed
forces of both the countries. The joint tri-service exercise will be a
demonstration of the increasing commitment of both nations to address common
challenges across the full spectrum of operations.