A 200 personnel-contingent of the Indian Army will participate in Zapad 2021, a multi-nation military exercise in Russia, where China and Pakistan will take part as observers.
Sources said a small group of officials from the armies of China and Pakistan will be observers in the military exercise.
Zapad 2021 will be held between September 3 and 16 at Nizhniy, Russia. The countries which will participate include Russia, India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Serbia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Belarus, Nepal, Kazakhstan along with China and Pakistan as observers.
Zapad 2021 is one of the theatre-level exercises of the Russian armed forces and will focus primarily on operations against terrorists.
Over a dozen countries from the Eurasian and South Asian regions will participate in the signature event.
A battalion group constituting troops of the Naga regiment will also participate in the exercise.
“The exercise aims to enhance military and strategic ties amongst the participating nations while they plan & execute this exercise,” a statement from the ministry of defence said.
The Indian contingent has been put through a strenuous training schedule which encompasses all facets of conventional operations including mechanised, airborne, heliborne, counter terrorism, combat conditioning and firing.
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