Indian Navy to hold INDRA exercise with Russian Navy
The Indian and Russian navies will conduct a naval exercise called "INDRA" in the Bay of Bengal on September 4 and 5 to improve their operational interoperability in addressing emerging security challenges.
A plethora of maritime drills such as gun firing on the surface and aerial targets, monitoring exercises, and replenishment at approaches to the sea are scheduled as part of the INDRA Navy exercise.
The Indian Navy has significantly expanded its presence in the Indian Ocean area, deploying following the border row warships and submarines to send a message to China as the maritime space around the Malacca Strait is very important for China's supply chain through sea routes.
The Indian Navy conducted a military exercise in July with a US Navy carrier strike group led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off the Andaman and Nicobar Islands coast.
The INDRA exercise was previously scheduled in Russia's Vladivostok but was postponed due to a coronavirus pandemic.
The Russian Navy will engage in the exercise along with Admiral Vinogradov, Admiral Tributes and Boris Butoma and a fleet of helicopters.
From 31 August to 3 September, the Russian naval fleet visits the port of Hambantota in Sri Lanka. Since 2005 Indra exercises have taken place between India and Russia.
In June the Indian Navy held similar exercises with the Japanese navy.
Maritime Business World