Exercise TSENTR

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Context: Contingents from India, Pakistan, China, Russia, and other Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) nations will be participating in a multilateral joint exercise, EX Tsentr 2019 from 9th to 23rd September 2019. 

Relevance:
Prelims: Current events of national and international importance. 
Mains: GS II, GS III 

Exercise TSENTR: 

  • Exercise TSENTR 2019 is part of the annual series of large scale exercises that form part of the Russian Armed Forces' annual training cycle.
  • The series rotates through the four main Russian operational strategic commands. Russia holds a major military exercise every year at one of it’s four military Commands i.e Vostok (East), Zapad (West), TSENTR (Centre) and Kavkas (South).
  • This year the exercise is planned between 9th to 23rd September 2019 at Donguz training ranges, Orenburg, Russia.
  • These annual exercises have slowly begun taking an international character, with Belarus participating in ZAPAD-2017 and China and Mongolia participating in VOSTOK-2018. This year, invitations for participation have been extended to nine other countries.
  • This year’s Exercise TSENTR 2019 will be conducted by the Central Military Commission of Russia. Apart from host Russia, military contingents from China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan will also take part in this mega event.
  • The exercise aims at evolving drills of the participating armies and practicing them in the fight against the scourge of international terrorism thereby ensuring military security in the strategic Central Asian region.
  • The TSENTR-2019 strategic measures will focus on evaluating the level of troop preparedness, the acquisition of the required skills and raising the level of interoperability and demonstrate the readiness of the participating armies.
  • The exercise TSENTR 2019 will comprise two modules. The first module will include counter-terror operations, repelling airstrikes, reconnaissance operations, and defensive measures, while the second will focus on offensive operations.



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