Indo-Mongolia Joint Military Exercise Nomadic Elephant 2017
The first joint Nomadic Elephant was held in 2004 and since then it is annually held.
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.