The military exercise will be conducted at the 249th Combined Army Range Sergiyevisky and in the Sea of Japan near Vladivostok.
The military exercise, to be held in Russia, will mark a “a landmark event in the history of Indo-Russian defence cooperation”, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.
“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,” the statement added.
This is for the first time India is participating in a tri-services exercise with a foreign country with such a large scale participation by the Navy, the Army and the Air Force, a senior army official said.
An Indian Air Force IL-76 aircraft landed in Vladivostok on Wednesday with the Army and Air Force personnel. Two Navy ships – the indigenously built INS Satpura and INS Kadmatt – have also docked in at the Vladivostok Port to participate in the military exercise.
The exercise is taking place at a time when India’s ties with China have nosedived due to the simmering border dispute and its ties with Pakistan have deteriorated over cross-border terrorism and number of other issues.
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia in June, both countries had decided to “upgrade and intensify” defence cooperation through joint manufacture, co-production and co-development of key military hardware and equipment.
A vision document, issued then had said that both the countries also decided to work towards a qualitatively higher level of military-to-military cooperation.
India has already decided to significantly ramp up its defence capability and and has lined up billions of dollars of procurement proposals as part of military modernisation. With PTI inputs india.com