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17th edition of Joint Military Exercise of India and Nepal begins

17th edition of Joint Military Exercise of India and Nepal begins
  • The 17th edition of the Joint Military Exercise between India and Nepal has commenced.

  • A contingent from the Nepal Army, consisting of 334 personnel, has arrived in India to participate in the 17th edition of the Joint Military Exercise SURYA KIRAN. The exercise is scheduled to take place in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, from November 24th to December 7th, 2023. This annual event is conducted alternately in the two countries.

  • The Indian Army contingent, led by a Battalion from the KUMAON Regiment, comprises 354 personnel. The Tara Dal Battalion represents the Nepal Army contingent.

  • The primary objective of the exercise is to enhance interoperability in jungle warfare, counter-terrorism operations in mountainous terrain, and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief under the United Nations Charter on peacekeeping operations. The exercise will specifically focus on the use of drones and counter-drone measures, medical training, aviation aspects, and environmental conservation. These activities aim to elevate operational capabilities, refine combat skills, and strengthen coordination in challenging situations for the troops.

  • The exercise provides a platform for soldiers from India and Nepal to exchange ideas and experiences, share best practices, and develop a deeper understanding of each other’s operational procedures.

  • SURYA KIRAN underscores the strong bonds of friendship, trust, and common cultural linkages between India and Nepal. It serves as a stage for a productive and fruitful engagement, demonstrating the unwavering commitment of both nations to broader defense cooperation. The exercise seeks to achieve shared security objectives and promote bilateral relations between the two friendly neighbors.

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Published date : 25 Nov 2023 05:08PM

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