Surya Kiran-XIII: India-Nepal joint battalion level exercise to be held in Uttarakhand
The thirteenth edition of India-Nepal joint military exercise will be conducted at Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand from 30 May to 12 June 2018. The joint military exercise aims to further enhance and strengthen level of defence cooperation between the two neighbouring nations.
Surya Kiran-XIII exercise will see participation of nearly 300 soldiers from both Indian and Nepal Army. They will share their experiences gained during conduct of various counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations in the past. The aim of this edition of exercise is to conduct battalion level joint training with emphasis on counter terrorism operations in mountainous terrain under the United Nations mandate. It also includes various aspects of disaster management and joint effort towards relief work.
SURYA KIRAN Exercise
Surya Kiran series of bilateral military exercises are conducted bi-annually, alternatively in India and Nepal. It is largest exercise in terms of troop’s participation in series of military training exercises undertaken by India with various countries. It aims at promoting military relations and increasing interoperability armies of both countries. 12th edition of this exercise was held at Nepal Army Battle School (NABS) in Saljhandi, Nepal in September 2017.