Pithoragarh: The 17th edition of joint military exercise Surya Kiran between the armies of India and Nepal started on November 24 at Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh.
The exercise which will culminate on December 7 will aim to enhance interoperability in counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism operations, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations while sharing best practices.
From Nepal Army, a total of 334 personnel will exchange and hone best practices with their Indian counterparts. From Indian Army’s Kumaon Regiment, a total of 354 personnel are participating. Tara Dal Battalion is representing the Nepal Army.
Surya Kiran exercise is held annually and alternatively in the two countries.
Surya Kiran exercise will focus on employment of drones and counter drone measures, medical training, aviation aspects and also environment conservation.
The troops will also enhance their operational capabilities, refine their combat skills and strengthen their coordination in challenging situations, Indian Army PRO Col Sudhir Chamoli said.
“The exercise will provide a platform for soldiers from India and Nepal to exchange ideas and experiences; share best practices and foster a deeper understanding of each other’s operational procedures.”
The exercise Surya Kiran signifies the strong bonds of friendship, trust, common cultural linkages that exist between the both neighbouring countries.
“It sets the stage for a productive and fruitful engagement, showcasing the unwavering commitment of both nations towards a broader defence cooperation. The exercise aims to achieve shared security objectives and foster bilateral relations between two friendly neighbours.”