India-Russia Passex Exercise: All you need to know

India-Russia Passex Exercise: All you need to know

India-Russia Passex Exercise: 
India and Russia  Navies held a two-day Passex Exercise in the Eastern Indian Ocean on Indian Navy Day. The Passex exercise is planned to enhance interoperability, imbibing best practices and improving understandability between the naval forces. During the activity, the naval forces held weapon shooting, progressed surface fighting activity and progressed hostile to submarine exercise, helicopter tasks, seamanship exercise.

Indian Navy represented indigenously built guided missile frigate Shivalik, anti-submarine corvette Kadmatt and Russian Navy was represented by the anti-submarine Admiral Panteleyev and medium ocean tanker Pechenga.

The Passex exercise signifies the long-term strategic  relationship between Indian and Russian defence

India-Russia Defence Relations

The Defence relations between India and Russia have been built on five major components such as defence, politics, civil nuclear energy, space and anti-terrorism cooperation. Lately, the economic component has been added between the defence relations of the countries. The countries have set to achieve a target of 30 billion USD of defence trade by 2025.

India is currently the second largest market for the Russian Defence industry. In 2017, around 68% of Indian military hardware imports came from Russia.

Russians consider India as one of their top five friends along with China, Belarus, Syria and Kazakhstan.

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