The 9th edition of India-Nepal Combined Military Exercise Surya Kiran IX has commenced at Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. The 14 day Indo-Nepal military exercise is focusing on Jungle warfare and counter terrorism.
The 14-day exercise is based on to practice counter insurgency, jungle warfare and disaster management under the aegis of the Indian Army’s GARUD division. The exercise will also boost the bilateral ties between the two countries.
The battalion Level exercise is being conducted under the aegis of Panchshul Brigade of Central Command. Key facts In this edition, Indian Army is being represented by Infantry Battalion while from Nepalese Army, officers and troops of the elite Shree Rudra Dhoj Battalion are participating. During Surya Kiran IX, both armies will focus on upgradation of practical and tactical skills by sharing each other’s experiences. They will also focus on enhancing interoperability in Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare operations in mountain terrain. In it special focus and emphasis will be laid on humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations which will include aviation and medical aspects, an Army release said.
Brigadier Sanjay Sharma of Headquarter Central Command was present at the opening ceremony and interacted with the soldiers of the two countries. In his opening address, he said both the armies have a lot to learn from each other, especially in our approach towards handling the modern day challenges of terrorism and disaster management.