13/11/2015 6:18 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

250 Indian And Russian Military Troops Are Taking Yoga Sessions At 'Indra-2015'

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Sgt. Gurdev Singh, a Indian Army master physical fitness instructor, leads Soldiers from C Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, in a Yoga exercise during morning fitness training. C Company is in India participating in Exercise Yudh Abhyas 07-02. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew T MacRoberts) (Released)

Altogether 250 Indian and Russian military troops are practicing yoga and other tactical drills during the ongoing bilateral military exercise 'Indra-2015' at Rajasthan's Mahajan firing range in Bikaner.

The participants performed 'Anulom-Vilom', 'Suryasana', 'Vajrasana' and 'Ardha Matsyendrasana' in a couple of special sessions on yoga so far, defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Ojha told PTI today.

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He said that the Army personnel of both the countries were put into exercise from the last week. They have displayed high level of professional understanding.

"The exercise, over the past week, has generated excellent professional synergy and military momentum," Ojha said.

The INDRA series, a joint exercises sessions between India and Russia, commenced in 2003. Since then, barring a few years, it has become important annual bilateral feature in the training calendar of the two armies.

Indra-2015 is aimed at training soldiers under the UN Mandate to defeat any likely current and future terrorist threats that may emerge.

Varieties of missions including joint planning, cordon and search operations, search and rescue, joint tactical drills and special arms skills are the part of the exercise that is being conducted in two phases 'Combat conditioning and tactical training' and 'validation'.

The fortnight long exercise session will culminate on November 20.

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