Indian and Russian Army Chiefs meet

Within the framework of his visit to Russia, the military delegation of the Indian armed forces headed by the chief of Army staff General Deepak Kapoor, met with Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces Colonel-General Aleksey Maslov. They discussed on military cooperation, as well as problems and prospects of building and development of the land forces of both nations.

In particular, the Russian Army chief decided to regularly exchange experience in the training of mountain warfare units. Already this year it has been planned to send ten soldiers from the Russian motorized infantry brigades (mountain) highland training centre for training in mountain-infantry units of India (Jammu and Kashmir). Russian and Indian generals discussed the possibility of a joint Russian-Indian Army exercises on peacekeeping under UN auspices, exchanged views on the problems of Russian weapons and military equipment, in use with Indian Army.

On June 24, The Indian delegation, witnessed demonstrations by BMP-2 and T -80 tanks. Indian Army delegation visited Moscow, Leningrad and North-Caucasian military districts. Today they departed to Saint Petersburg and Leningrad military district.

This is a reciprocal visit. In June 2007, the Russians had visited India. Russian servicemen became acquainted with life and activity of the soldiers of the India 14th army corps, which is stationed in the spurs of the Himalayas in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. They visited the training center, located in the plateau with a height of more than 4 thousand meters above sea level, where the soldiers of mountain-infantry subdivisions prepare for high altitude warfare. They visited Siachen glacier, where under severe conditions at the heights more than 6 thousand meters above sea level Indian Army performs its combat duty.

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