Indo-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran VIII started in Nepal
The two-week long exercise will be conducted in the foothills of Salajhandi, Nepal. The exercise will simulate a scenario, where both nations will work together in a counter insurgency and counter terrorism environment in mountainous and jungle terrain.
The Eighth India-Nepal Battalion level Combined Military Training named Exercise Surya Kiran-VIII, commenced on 23 February 2015 at Integrated Army Training Centre, Saljhandi, Nepal. The exercise will end on 7 March 2015.
The two week long exercise started with unfurling of the National Flags of the two countries. The Nepalese Contingent was represented by a Battalion from an Infantry Division of Nepalese Army while Indian side was represented by an equivalent strength from a Mountain Brigade.
Objective of Exercise Surya Kiran-VIII include
• To carry out Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorist Operations in mountainous and jungle terrain
• To practice facets of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief including actions to be taken during pandemic, epidemic and various other humanitarian assistance situations
• The scope of exercise also includes aviation aspects and environmental conservation
• The two sides will look forward to exchange ideas and concepts and hone the tactical and technical skills of each other
During the exercise, the two sides will train, plan and execute a series of well developed combined tactical drills and neutralisation of likely threats that may be encountered in Counter Insurgency or Counter Terrorism Operations.