The armies of Russia, India, Egypt and Pakistan will hold a series of joint exercises in southern Russia this fall, according to in the press service of the southern military district of Russia.
A joint Russian-Indian intersectoral exercise, INDRA 2022, is planned on the territory of the Southern Military District. Units of the Russian and Indian ground forces will practice joint training objectives at the Prudboi training ground in the Volgograd region The naval component of the exercise will take place in the Black Sea, “the southern military district said on Tuesday.
The statement also announced two additional exercises with Pakistan and Egypt. “In October, units from the Southern Military District will depart for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for a joint Russian-Pakistani exercise, Friendship-2022,” the Southern Military District said. “The air defense specialists of the southern military district are preparing to organize a joint Russian-Egyptian exercise, Friendship Arrow on the territory of the Arab Republic of Egypt,” the statement continued.
INDRA is a large set of bilateral joint exercises between India and Russia which started in 2003. INDRA 2021 took place in the Prudboi Ranges in Volgograd, southwest Russia. These exercises were apparently aimed at improving interoperability between the two militaries and involved a major counterterrorism component, including hostage rescue simulations, intelligence sharing and search missions. The press release did not provide an agenda or a concrete timeline for INDRA 2022.
Friendship exercises are a series of annual joint Russia-Pakistan military exercises that began in 2016. Previous editions of Friendship, held on Russian and Pakistani soil, focused on counterterrorism and anti-terrorist operations. activists.
Last hosted in late 2019, Arrow of Friendship is a joint Russian-Egyptian air defense exercise. “On November 7, the battalions armed with the Buk-M2E and Tor-M2E surface-to-air missile systems destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle approaching an airfield, while the crews of the portable Igla-S all-terrain vehicle air defense systems downed a rotary-wing training target and the Shilka-M4 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun systems engaged the manpower and light armor of the simulated enemy, ”the statement read press from the Russian Defense Ministry accompanying the exercise.
According to the Kremlin, the Russian military participated in nine international exercises during the year 2021. The announcement of the Southern Military District comes amid a Security Treaty Organization peacekeeping mission collective (OTSC) in Kazakhstan carried out in response to protests and unrest. The intervention, requested by the Kazakh government last week, was the first military operation of its kind for the CSTO, a Russian-led military alliance made up of six post-Soviet states. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced on Tuesday that CSTO troops would start withdrawing from Kazakhstan in two days.
Mark Episkopos is a national security reporter for the National interest.