Indian & Russian Mountain Troops Conduct Joint Anti-Terrorism Drills

15 10 2010

Russian and Indian mountain troops began conducting joint antiterrorism exercises on Friday Oct. 15, 2010 and will last through October 24.

Russia has sent more than 200 troops from its 34th Independent (Mountain) Motor-Rifle Brigade (ca. 25,000 troops), based in Zelenchukskaya the North Caucasus, to join the Indian troops in the INDRA 2010 drills.

The exercises will be conducted in Chaubattia in Uttarakhand India, a mountainous area near the country’s border with China and Nepal. For the first time Alpine troops from both countries are going to take part in the war games.

The Russian troops will be equipped with lightweight Permyachka Infantry Suits, which protect at least 80 percent of the body surface from small-caliber bullets and low-speed shrapnel.

The Indian and Russian military have conducted joint INDRA exercises since 2003, including biannual peacekeeping drills.

INDRA-2007 Photo Gallery: Here

MOSCOW, October 15 (RIA Novosti)

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