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Russian-Indian joint antiterrorism exercise begin in India

RIA Novosti

10:37 16/10/2010

MOSCOW, October 16 (RIA Novosti) - Russian and Indian joint antiterrorism drills begin on Indian territory, Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

"An opening ceremony of the Russian-Indian joint antiterrorism exercises NDRA-2010 was held on October 16 in Chaubattia [Uttarakhand, a mountainous area near the country's border with China and Nepal]," in the statement.

Russia sent more than 200 troops from its 34th mountain brigade, based in the North Caucasus, to join the Indian troops in the INDRA 2010 drills.

Russian Air Force Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft delivered the Russian troops in the north-east of India on Thursday.

The Russian troops are equipped with lightweight Permyachka Infantry Suits, which protect at least 80 percent of the body surface from small-caliber bullets and low-speed shrapnel.

The drills will last through October 24.

The Indian and Russian military have conducted joint INDRA exercises since 2003, including biannual peacekeeping drills.

India's military cooperation with Russia goes back nearly half a century, and the Asian country accounts for about 40% of Russian arms exports.

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