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Exercise ZAPAD 2021

2nd September, 2021 Security and Defence




  • A contingent of 200 Army personnel will participate in the multinational Exercise ZAPAD 2021 being held at Nizhniy, Russia.
  • Of the 17 countries invited for the exercise, there are nine participating countries and eight Observers including China and Pakistan.


ZAPAD 2021

  • It is one of the theatre level exercises of Russian armed forces.
  • It will focus primarily on operations against terrorists.
  • The NAGA Battalion group participating in the exercise will feature an all arms combined task force.
  • The exercise aims to enhance military and strategic ties amongst the participating nations while they plan and execute this exercise.
  • Participating countries include Mongolia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, Russia, India and Belarus.
  • The other eight countries are Observers which include Pakistan, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka