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1,600 Russian troops to participate in first Russian-Indian exercise


MOSCOW, October 8 (RIA Novosti) - About 1,600 Russian troops will participate in the Indra-2005 first Russian-Indian anti-terrorist exercise in India, the Russian airborne troops commander said."The purpose of the exercise is to get ready for interaction if we have to rebuff a terrorist attack on one of the states," Colonel-General Alexander Kolmakov said, adding that the sides would practice release of hostages.

Russian Air Force commander Vladimir Mikhailov said three Russian Il-76 planes and six Indian An-32 planes would be also involved in the exercise. The Russian planes are set to fly to India October 9.

The Russian Pacific Fleet said Friday that five warships, including a missile cruiser and two amphibious assault ships, would participate in the exercise from October 17 to 19.

A paratrooper company and warships will represent India.

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