India, Nepal begin joint military exercise 'Surya Kiran' - South Asia Time

India, Nepal begin joint military exercise ‘Surya Kiran’

 September 20, 2021  

New Delhi  —  The 15th edition of India-Nepal Joint Military Training Exercise “Surya Kiran” has been started from September 20 at Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, the Army informed on Saturday.

The exercise is aimed at sharing experiences gained during the conduct of various counter-insurgency operations by both countries. “15th Edition of India-Nepal Joint Military Training Exercise Surya Kiran is commencing from September 20, 2021, at Pithoragarh,” said the Additional Directorate General of Public Information, Army.
According to the Ministry of Defence, an Infantry Battalion from Indian Army and an equivalent strength from Nepali Army would be sharing their experiences gained during the conduct of various counter-insurgency operations over a prolonged period in their respective countries.

As part of the exercise, both the Armies would familiarise themselves with each other’s weapons, equipment, tactics, techniques and procedures of operating in a counterinsurgency environment in mountainous terrain. Also, there would be a series of Expert Academic Discussions on various subjects such as Humanitarian Assistance
and Disaster Relief, High Altitude Warfare, Jungle Warfare etc.

The joint military training would culminate with a gruelling 48 hours exercise to validate the performance of both the armies in counter-insurgency in mountainous terrain. The exercise is part of an initiative to develop interoperability and sharing expertise between the two nations.

“This joint military training will go a long way in improving bilateral relations and also will be a major step towards further strengthening the traditional friendship between the two nations,” the ministry said. The last edition of Exercise Surya Kiran was conducted in Nepal in 2019. (ANI)