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India And Russia: Joint Military Drills
2010-07-30 04:29


A military delegation from India visited Russia's North Ossetia region, as the two countries prepare for joint military training later this year.

The Indian visitors got a close look at Russia's armoured vehicles, and the capabilities of its troops through live fire exercises.

These two countries have partnered in war games for several years.

In response to tensions in the North Caucasus, Russia created a mountain warfare brigade and is keen to learn from India's mountain fighting expertise.

A Russian delegation travelled to observe India's mountain forces in May.

India and Russia have remained solid friends for decades, with Russia at one time supplying India with 70 percent of its arms.

While India now also buys weapons from the United States, it still holds an array of military contracts with Russia.

The upcoming Indra-2010 military drill in October is seen as further proof both countries maintain strong relations.
 
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its nice that india and russia r having joint exercises . both the countries have much to learn from each other. glad to know russians came to india to learn mountain warfare tactics .

:cheers:
 

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Thankfully this time it will be mountain warfare .. and lot is there to be learned for both sides.
 

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^^^ and there are some fields where russia and israel can learn from india too ( mountain warfare , guerilla n jungle warfare ) :cheers:
 

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Indian Armies Mountain division

The Indian Army is among the most experienced in mountain warfare having fought numerous conflicts in the Himalayas in Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir while maintaining one of the largest active contingents of mountain warfare forces in the world, giving the Indian Army some of the most extensive and well developed Mountain Warfare capabilities. Major conflicts include the 1962 Sino-Indian War and the Kargil War in 1999.

The Indian Army presently has 10 Army Divisions dedicated to mountain warfare (8 Mountain Divisions and 2 Mountain Strike divisions) and another infantry division earmarked for high altitude operations.

Each division has a personnel strength of 10,000-13,000 troops and consists of 3 brigades with 3,000 to 4,500 men each, including support elements such as signals, provost, and intelligence units.

In 2008, the Indian Army has sanctioned plans to raise two additional mountain divisions, with goals to be operational in five years. The two divisions will also have extensive air assets, including Utility helicopters, Helicopter gunships and Attack helicopters.


Training:

The Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun conducts preliminary mountaineering and mountain warfare training for all Officer Cadets.

For more specialized training, the Army operates the Parvat Ghatak School at Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

This high-altitude commando school is the highest of its kind at 15,000 feet. With the mercury dipping to minus 20 degrees providing a freezing tougher terrain to impart training in conditions similar to Siachen.
The High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) is located near Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir. Set up in 1948 as the 19 Infantry Division Ski School, HAWS has over the years become the Indian Army's nodal center for "specialised training and dissemination of doctrines" in high-altitude, mountain and snow warfare.

Conclusion:

Because of its experience in fighting wars in mountain regions for over 50 years, as well as its history of recruitment of natives from the Himalayan regions of India and Nepal (such as Gurkha, Kumaon), Indian Mountain Warfare Units are considered among the best in the world. Numerous army units across the world are now implementing training modules modeled after Indian Mountain Warfare training systems.


Cooperation between India and Russia:


Russian troops also trained at the High Altitude Warfare School in Gulmarg for operations in Chechnya.
 
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This is good news. Mountain warfare is our specialty as we have the higest mountain ranges in the world and the most hostile battle terrain with our enemies. Unlike the much lower Caucasus, our soldiers have to deal with much more difficulties and lack of good technology (thanks to losers in MOD) in combat. The air is thin but battle remains the same.

Now I think the forthcoming Sikkimese and Arunachali regiments would be also comprised in the Mountain Warfare divisions.

I think IAF should conduct more air exercises with VVS. We both have almost similar fighters and tactics; I don't understand why hasn't there been a single air exercise between us and Russians and only limited to joint-Naval exercise.

More IAF and IA joint wargames with VVS and RA is needed.
 

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I hope we get russia to help us in missile cruisers in future...although we dont have plans for them right now but when economy will be doubling every 7-8 years , scope of better and more capable ships will also be there...
 

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I hope we get russia to help us in missile cruisers in future...although we dont have plans for them right now but when economy will be doubling every 7-8 years , scope of better and more capable ships will also be there...
Those will be massive ones, IN will look like a monster navy with IAC-1-2-3, Vikramaditya and along with the CBG,a missile cruiser!!
 

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