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Exercise SURYA KIRAN : 17th Edition

Exercise SURYA KIRAN: 17th Edition

The 17th edition of Joint Military Exercise SURYA KIRAN will be conducted in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, from November 24th to December 7th, 2023.

  • Exercise SURYA KIRAN is a joint military exercise between the Indian army and the Nepali army.
  • It is an annual event and is conducted alternately in the two countries.
  • The Indian Army contingent, comprising 354 personnel, is being led by a battalion from the Kumaon Regiment. The Nepal Army contingent is represented by the Tara Dal Battalion.
  • The aim of the exercise is to enhance interoperability in jungle warfare, counter-terrorism operations in mountainous terrain, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief under the United Nations Charter on peacekeeping operations.
  • The exercise will focus on the employment of drones and counter-drone measures, medical training, aviation aspects and environment conservation.
  • The exercise will provide a platform for soldiers from India and Nepal to exchange ideas and experiences, share best practises, and foster a deeper understanding of each other’s operational procedures.
  • This exercise signifies the strong bonds of friendship, trust, and common cultural linkages that exist between India and Nepal.
  • It sets the stage for a productive and fruitful engagement, showcasing the unwavering commitment of both nations towards broader defence cooperation.