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India-Russia joint war drill – Avindra – kicks off at Jodhpur air base

The aim of this drill is to increase the operational skills of the air force. India took part in a similar war drill in Russia in September. Over 30 teams from India went to Russia and operated their fighter aircrafts.

December 10, 2018, 12:46 pm

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Jaipur: The Indian air force with its Russian counterpart is conducting the biggest joint war drill exercise named ‘Avindra’ at Jodhpur airbase from Monday. The exercise will continue for 12 days. The aim of this drill is to increase the operational skills of the air force. India took part in a similar war drill in Russia in September. Over 30 teams from India went to Russia and operated their fighter aircrafts. Russia air force will learn from the Indian air force how to combat terrorism. The dialogue will be established between the soldiers of both the countries and they will also play several games together during the drill. The war tactics will be exchanged. Russian Air Force will learn war skills from Indian air force soldiers through Indian fighter. Russian pilots will learn to operate Indian fighter planes. The Indian and Russian navy teams started a joint exercise at Vishakhapatnam on Sunday. This is the 10th joint military practice of Indian Navy and Russian Navy. The exercise will have two phases including one at Vishakhapatnam till December 12 and another at the Bay of Bengal from December 13 to December 16. These maneuvers of India with Russia and China will decide the future of many important defence deals between these nations, said officials. India will also start the joint military exercise called ‘Hand in Hand’ with China from Tuesday, which will continue till December 23. It will be the 7th joint practice of military between India and China with the aim to develop more operational skills against terrorism.

First published: December 10, 2018