Issue Brief on “India- Russia Tri-Service Military Drills 2017: Getting the Rear on Gear”

The Indian Defense Ministry stated on April 19, 2017 that India and Russia will hold Indra joint tri-service military exercises in November this year.[1]The decision to hold joint military exercises came after comprehensive talks[2]between the Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu.

In March 2017, Air vice Marshal (retired) Manmohan Bahadur told Russia and India report (RIR) that India should also conduct regular air force exercises with Russia.[3] India, for quite some time, have been holding  bilateral joint ground and naval military exercises with Russia, but this will be the first time when air force exercises will also be added in. This particular drill will include joint maneuvers by warships and anti- terror exercises between air and ground forces.

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