19 Dec 2019

Indo- Nepal joint military exercise ‘SURYA KIRAN – XIV’

Source: PIB & Economic Time

Aim 

The aim of the exercise is to conduct battalion-level combined training between the Indian Army and Nepal Army to increase interoperability in jungle warfare and counter-terrorism operations in mountainous terrain, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief, medical and environmental conservation including aviation aspects.

Key highlights

  • Exercise SURYA KIRAN-XIV, a joint military training exercise between India and Nepal held at Nepal Army Battle School (NABS), Salijhandi, Rupendehi district of Nepal
  • The troops of both the Armies participated in 14 days long joint training based on counter-insurgency operations in the jungle and mountainous terrain and also practiced response mechanisms in the eventualities of natural and man-made disasters.
  • As part of the exercise, important lectures, demonstrations and drills related to counter insurgency, counter-terrorism operations and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief response mechanism were rehearsed and executed jointly. 
  • The training culminated with a 72 hours outdoor exercise in which troops of both contingents carried out drills of counter-insurgency operations.
  • In addition to training, both the contingents also participated in a number of extracurricular activities including friendly Football, Basketball, Volleyball matches and cultural events on the final day to showcase respective cultural lineage as also to increase the bonhomie amongst troops.
  • Exercise SURYA KIRAN – XIV is an annual event that is conducted alternatively in Nepal and India. 
  • Notably, in the series of military training exercises undertaken by India with various countries, Exercise   SURYA KIRAN with Nepal is an important exercise in terms of the security challenges faced by both the nations in the realm of changing facets of global terrorism.

Significance 

Besides promoting understanding and interoperability between the two armies, it will further help in cementing ties between both the nations.