Exercise Nomadic Elephant – 2023: Indian and Mongolian armies to begin joint military drill at Ulaanbaatar from July 17

Team India Sentinels Sunday 16th of July 2023 01:30 PM

Indian Army contingent before leaving for Mongolia. (Photo: Indian Army)

New Delhi: The armies of India and Mongolia will begin their 15th edition of bilateral joint military exercise “Nomadic Elephant” from July 17 at Ulaanbaatar.

For this, a 43-member Indian Army team left for Mongolia on July 16. Exercise Nomadic Elephant is an annual training event with Mongolia, which is conducted alternatively in Mongolia and India. The last edition was held at Special Forces Training School, in Himachal Pradesh’s Bakloh in October 2019.

From Indian Army side, soldiers from Jammu & Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment and from Mongolian Armed Forces Unit 084 are participating in the 14-day-long wargame.

Indian Army contingent left for Ulaanbaatar in an Indian Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft.

“The aim of this exercise is to build positive military relations, exchange best practices, develop interoperability, bonhomie, camaraderie, and friendship between the two armies,” Indian Army PRO Colonel Sudhir Chamoli said.

“The primary theme of the exercise will focus on counter-terrorism operations in mountainous terrain under United Nations mandate.”

The scope of this exercise involves platoon-level field training exercise (FTX).

During the exercise, Indian and Mongolian troops will engage in various training activities designed to enhance their skills and capabilities.

These activities include endurance training, reflex firing, room intervention, small team tactics and rock craft training. Soldiers from both sides will learn from each other’s operational experience.

India and Mongolia have a shared commitment to regional security and cooperation.

“Exercise Nomadic Elephant – 2023 will be yet another significant milestone in the defence cooperation between the Indian Army and Mongolian Army, which will further foster bilateral relations between the two nations,” Col Chamoli said.

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