VLADIVOSTOK (Sputnik) — Russian and Indian motorized infantry personnel taking part in the joint Indra-2016 military exercises used Russia's Orlan-10 drone to strike simulated terrorist groups, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry's Eastern Military District said Tuesday.
"During the exercises, the Eastern Military District and Indian troops used Russian Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles to jointly learn to detect simulated illegal armed groups," Vladimir Matveev said.
Orlan-10 drones are designed to carry out remote surveying and can work to adjust fire or survey damages, as well as function as a connection repeater. The UAV has been used in Russia's counterterrorist aerial campaign in Syria.
The drones were used to draw up routes in order to organize a tactical advance and block the armed groups before destroying them, he added.
Russia and India have maintained a close partnership in military and technical cooperation for decades, and holding Indra drills since 2003. The exercises serve to facilitate cooperation and foster the exchange of relevant experience between the Indian and Russian armed forces.