Joint naval exercises with Russia planned

Indo-Russian naval war games—”INDRA-2007”—is scheduled to be held off Russia’s Pacific coast in early 2007. This will be the third such exercise since 2003. According to senior Naval officers, “The basic idea is to create inter-operability and practise anti-submarine and anti-aircraft warfare, and it is a progressive process of learning from each other.”

The exercises will include surface firing, air defense and anti-submarine warfare manoeuvres and a debriefing. Also, “the exercises would also include operations relating to maintaining maritime order in the seas and counter piracy, terrorism, anti-gun running and drug smuggling.

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