Joint Counter Terrorism Exercise PEACEFUL MISSION is a Multilateral Exercise, which is conducted biennially as part of military diplomacy between Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states. The 6th edition of Exercise PEACEFUL MISSION is being hosted by Russia in the Orenburg Region of southwest Russia from 13 to 25 September 2021. The aim of the exercise is to foster close relations between SCO member states and to enhance the abilities of the military leaders to command multi-national military contingents.
The Indian military contingent comprising of an all arms combined force of 200 personnel to include 38 personnel from the Indian Air Force is participating in the Exercise PEACEFUL MISSION -2021. The Indian contingent was inducted to the exercise area by two IL-76 aircraft. Prior to their departure, the contingent underwent training and preparation under the aegis of South Western Command.
The exercise will enable sharing of best practices between the Armed Forces of SCO nations. The exercise will also provide an opportunity for the Armed Forces of SCO Nations to train in Counter-Terrorism Operations in an urban scenario in a multinational and joint environment. The scope of the exercise includes professional interaction, mutual understanding of drills & procedures, the establishment of joint command & control structures, and the elimination of terrorist threats.
Exercise PEACEFUL MISSION 2021 is a landmark event in military interactions and global cooperation to counter-terrorism. India was set to participate in these drills last year too but it withdrew from the multi-lateral exercise in the backdrop of the tensions with China due to the aggression shown by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in an attempt to unilaterally alter the Line of Actual Control.
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Indian Army contingent participating in Exercise Peaceful Mission 2021 of SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) nations reached Orenburg, Russia earlier today. pic.twitter.com/NCupJ7fwGF— SSBCrackExams (@SSBCrackExams) September 16, 2021