Pakistan and Russian Federation forces practice joint drills for hostage rescue, cordon and search operations, helicopter rappelling, and sky diving as part of DRUZHBA-V.
Media wing of Pakistan Military, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR):
“Pakistan – 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 Russian special forces troops are in Pakistan for two-weeks to participate in the joint military exercise.
The joint exercises are seen as another step in growing military-to-military cooperation, indicating steady growth in the relationship between the two countries.
Pak-Russia’s joint military exercises Druzhba (friendship) are held every year. The exercises started in 2016. These exercises include aspects of counter-terrorism and special operations.
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.