Peaceful Mission 2021: Indian Military Participates in Joint Counter Terrorism Exercise

Joint Counter Terrorism Exercise Peaceful Mission 2021 is a Multilateral Exercise, which is conducted biennially as part of military diplomacy between Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states. The 6th edition of Exercise Peaceful Mission 2021 is being hosted by Russia in the Orenburg Region of South-West Russia from 13 to 25 September 2021. The aim of the exercise is to foster close relations between SCO member states and to enhance the abilities of the military leaders to command multi-national military contingents. 

Peaceful Mission 2021

The Indian military contingent comprising of an all arms combined force of 200 personnel to include 38 personnel from the Indian Air Force is participating in the Exercise Peaceful Mission 2021. The Indian contingent was inducted to the exercise area by two IL-76 aircraft. Prior to their departure, the contingent underwent training and preparation under the aegis of South Western Command. 

The exercise will enable sharing of best practices between the Armed Forces of SCO nations. The exercise will also provide an opportunity for the Armed Forces of SCO Nations to train in Counter-Terrorism Operations in an urban scenario in a multinational and joint environment.  The scope of the exercise includes professional interaction, mutual understanding of drills and procedures, the establishment of joint command and control structures and elimination of terrorist threats. 

Exercise Peaceful Mission 2021 is a landmark event in military interactions and global cooperation to counter-terrorism. 

What is SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation):-

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is a permanent intergovernmental international organisation, the creation of which was announced on 15 June 2001 in Shanghai (China).

Goals of SCO:-

The SCO’s main goals are as follows: strengthening mutual trust and neighbourliness among the member states, promoting their effective cooperation in politics, trade, the economy, research, technology and culture, as well as in education, energy, transport, tourism, environmental protection, and other areas, making joint efforts to maintain and ensure peace, security and stability in the region; and moving towards the establishment of a democratic, fair and rational new international political and economic order.

No of SCO Members:-

SCO comprises eight member states, namely-

  1. India
  2. Kazakhstan
  3. China
  4. Kyrgyzstan
  5. Pakistan
  6. Tajikistan
  7. Uzbekistan
  8. Russian

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