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Indian, Russian armies conclude 1st joint counter-terror drill

Indian and Russian armies have successfully concluded their first joint counter-terrorism wargames close to Moscow's boundary with China and Mongolia.

world Updated: Aug 24, 2012 20:11 IST

Indian and Russian armies have successfully concluded their first joint counter-terrorism wargames close to Moscow's boundary with China and Mongolia.

Over 250 Indian army personnel and a matching number of Russian soldiers participated in the drill "INDRA 2012", which involved joint battle reconnaissance and simulated destruction of an illegal armed force, Indian Embassy in Moscow said in a statement on Friday.

The fourth round of army-to-army exercise between the two armies was conducted at a training range in Republic of Buryatia in South East of Russia.

The exercise, held from August 7-16, was aimed at carrying out counter-terrorism operations by mechanised heavy combat group under UN mandate.

India and Russia have so far conducted three rounds of INDRA exercises. The first exercise was carried out in 2005 in Rajasthan, followed by Prshkov in Russia. The third exercise was conducted at Chaubattia in Kumaon hills some time ago.