Indo-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran XI concluded on 20 March 2017 at Pithorgarh in Uttarakhand.
The exercise culminated with a 48 hour outdoor exercise in which troops of both the countries carried out a cordon and search operation in a mock village.
Highlights of Surya Kiran XI
• It was the 11th edition of the Surya Kiran exercise. The 14-day long exercise began on 7 March 2017.
• The EKTA SHAKTI Battalion of the Punjab Regiment of Indian Army and the DURGA BAHSH Battalion of Nepalese Army participated in the joint military exercise.
• The aim of the exercise was to train troops in counter insurgency operations and enhance defence cooperation and military relations between the two countries.
• The Surya Kiran XI provided an ideal platform for the personnel of the two armies to share their experiences.
• The training was conducted in the hills adjoining Pithoragarh to give a realistic environ to the contingents to practice and rehearse drills.
• The exercise formally incorporated issues related to Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Management (HADR).
About Surya Kiran
• Surya Kiran refers to a series of annual joint military exercises that are alternatively conducted in India and Nepal.
• It seeks to enhance defense cooperation and military relations between both the countries.
• In the series of military training exercises undertaken by India with various countries, Surya Kiran is considered as the largest in terms of troop’s participation.
When: 20 March 2017