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Indo-Nepal Joint Training Exercise “SURYA KIRAN-XVI” Begins at Nepal Army Battle School

The 16th Edition of Indo-Nepal joint training Exercise “SURYA KIRAN-XVI” between India and Nepal will be conducted at Nepal Army Battle School, Saljhandi (Nepal), from 16 – 29 December 2022. Exercise “SURYA KIRAN” is conducted annually between India and Nepal with the aim to enhance interoperability in jungle warfare & counter terrorism operations in mountainous terrain and HADR under UN mandate.

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Nepal Army soldiers of the Shree Bhawani Baksh Battalion and Indian Army soldiers from the 5 GR will be participating in the exercise. The two armies, through these contingents, shall be sharing the experiences gained during the conduct of various counter-insurgency operations over the years in their respective countries.

Indian Army troops arrived in Saljhandi, Nepal, for the 16th Joint India-Nepal Military Ex SURYAKIRAN. The exercises are a paragon for the exchange of professional experience and cementing the friendship between two armies.

Focus Of The Exercise:

The joint exercise would focus on the evolution of combined drills for the planning and conduct of tactical operations at the unit level in counter-terrorism operations and disaster response mechanisms in general, as well as the role of armed forces in the management of disasters.

During the exercise, participants will be training together to develop inter-operability and share their experience, including counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations as well as humanitarian relief operations. The joint military exercise will enhance the level of defence cooperation, which will further foster the bilateral relations between the two nations, said the release.


  • Surya Kiran is a bilateral joint military exercise between India and Nepal. Indian Army and Nepal Army participate in the Surya Kiran exercise.
  • The biannual exercise, which takes place alternately in both countries, aims to establish military relations in inaccessible mountainous areas by the soldiers of both countries; provide humanitarian assistance under disaster management; get training in anti-terrorist operations; and build interoperability and share expertise between the two countries.
  • The 15th edition of Indo-Nepal joint military training exercise Surya Kiran was held on September 20, 2021, at Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand.
  • The 14th edition of the exercise took place in Saljhandi, Nepal, in 2019.

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