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India and Russia are scheduled to hold the bilateral naval exercise (INDRA 2020), in the Andaman Sea, close to the strategic Strait of Malacca.
About Exercise INDRA
- INDRA is a joint, bi-annual naval exercise conducted by India and Russia which started in 2003. The exercise is tasked with boosting cooperation and interoperability between the Russian and Indian navies. The word INDRA is a portmanteau of the participants’ respective countries.
- The end of the Cold War which brought greatly reduced defence budgets saw a collapse in ship building and naval activity in Russia throughout the 1990s. During this time, the Russian navy had no presence in the Indian Ocean. This changed in 2001, when a contingent of naval ships, including anti-submarine warfare vessels and a tanker docked at Mumbai.
- In April 2003, nine warships of the Russian navy departed from their bases at Sevastopol in the Black Sea and Vladivostok for the Indian Ocean. These units engaged in a number of exercises with the Indian navy. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov proposed joint naval exercises to be held later that year.