ZAPAD 2021: Russia | 02 Sep 2021

The Indian Army contingent will participate in a two-week multinational military exercise named 'ZAPAD 2021' at Nizhny in Russia.

Key Points

  • It is one of the theatre level exercises of the Russian Armed Forces and will focus primarily on operations against terrorists.
  • Over a dozen countries from Eurasian and South Asian Region will participate in the exercise.
    • Nine are Participating countries which include Mongolia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, Russia, India and Belarus.
    • Eight countries are Observers which include Pakistan, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka.
  • The aim is to enhance military and strategic ties amongst the participating nations.
  • The NAG Battalion group (from India) will participate in the exercise.
    • The Naga Regiment is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army.
  • India also participated in the exercise TSENTR 2019, which is part of the annual series of large scale exercises that form part of the Russian Armed Forces' annual training cycle.
  • Military Exercise between India and Russia:
    • Indra 2021: Joint Tri-Services (Army, Navy, Air Force) Exercise.

Source: PIB