The joint military training exercise of India and Mongolia has begun recently in Mizoram. The 14-day long exercise began on 5 April 2017 and will end on 18 April 2017.
Highlights of Nomadic Elephant 2017
• It is the twelfth edition of the Indo-Mongolia joint military exercise Nomadic Elephant.
• It is being conducted at the Indian Army’s elite Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School Vairengte in Mizoram.
• The exercise is aimed at training the troops in counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations (CICT Ops) under the United Nations mandate.
• In the exercise, the Indian Army is represented by a contingent comprising of three officers, four JCOs and 39 soldiers of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles.
• The Mongolian Army is represented by 9 officers and 36 soldiers of the elite 084 Special Forces Task Battalion.
• The focus of the exercise is to enhance the interoperability between the two armies in adverse operational conditions.
• The exercise covers key areas like convoy protection, drills related to room intervention, ambush as well as counter-ambush drills.
Some of the recent joint exercises of the Indian Armed Forces are –
• On 20 March 2017, the Indo-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran XI concluded at Pithorgarh in Uttarakhand.
• On 19 March 2017, the Indo-Oman joint military exercise Al Nagah-II 2017 concluded at Bakloh in Himachal Pradesh.
• On 28 December 2016, the Indo-Maldives joint military exercise EKUVERIN concluded at Kadhdhoo in Maldives.
When: April 2017