Pakistan’s and Russia’s special troops trained to land off of helicopters in emergency situations with ropes. They demonstrated their abilities in a joint exercise held as part of the extensive two-week DRUZBHA-V.
The soldiers disembarked from helicopters without parachutes; the helicopters used in this exercise are domestically made. Pakistan’s Mi-17 which are the export version of Russia’s Mi-8s operational with the Pakistani Army aviation was used in the exercise.
The helicopters hovered at an altitude of 20 meters in the air while the commandos descended using a special rope.
The opening ceremony of a two-week Druzhba V was held on November 8 at Tarbela. The ceremony was attended by the Russian ambassador to Pakistan, Danila Ganich as well as senior officials from both armies.
DG ISPR Tweeting progress
The DG ISPR Twitter has also announced the progress of the exercise earlier this week saying, ‘Russian Federation Special Forces practicing drills & procedures for hostage rescue, cordon & search operations, heli rappelling, and sky diving as part of #DRUZHBA-V’
#Pakistan – Russian Federation Special Forces practicing drills & procedures for hostage rescue, cordon & search operations, heli rappelling and sky diving as part of #DRUZHBA-V pic.twitter.com/IA5DP7ena7
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) November 15, 2020
The military media wing had said last week that the troops were practicing counter-terror drills and procedures, rappelling, and also making preparations for sky diving.
“Sports activities are also part of the exercise.”
Pakistan and Russia: growing military ties
Pakistan and Russia have conducted joint military exercises since 2016. The exercises are seen as catalysts to better military cooperation between the two countries.
The exercises have been held every year since 2016; Druzbha means ‘friendship.’
In September this year, a contingent of the Pakistan armed forces participated in the opening ceremony of multinational military exercises titled ‘Kavkaz 2020’ in the Russian city of Astrakhan.
Pakistan had also participated in a similar series of exercises called ‘Tsentr 2019’, in Russia last year. The wargames were joined by troops from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and other countries.
GVS News Desk