Indian Contingent in SCO Exercise

  • | Monday | 20th September, 2021


New Delhi, Sept. 20. A 200-strong contingent of the Indian Army and Air Force took part in the 6th Edition of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) named ‘Exercise Peaceful Mission: 2021” hosted by Russia started at Orenburg Region of South West Russia today.

 The aim of the exercise is to foster close relations between SCO Member States and to enhance the abilities of the military leaders to command multinational military contingents.

 An Indian military contingent comprising of an all arms combined force of 200 personnel from the Indian Army and Indian Air force is participating in the exercise.

The opening ceremony commenced with an impressive parade by all participating contingents. The contingents were addressed by Col Gen Alexander Pavlovich Lapin, Commander Central Military District, Russian Armed Forces.

The Exercise Peaceful Mission: 2021 is based on joint counter-terrorism operations at operational and tactical level in an urban environment in which Armies and Air Forces of all SCO member states are participating.

 Over the next few days, troops will train, share and rehearse tactical drills which will culminate in a final validation exercise, where-in troops from all Armies and Air Forces will jointly undertake operations in a controlled and simulated environment.

It may be noted that the SCO was established in Shanghai, China by leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India first became an observer and then got full membership in 2015. Pakistan and Iran have also joined the organization.


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