The 14-day long 15th India-Nepal Joint Military Training exercise Surya Kiran commenced on September 20, 2021 in the Himalayan border town of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand in India.
The Indian Army is represented by the Garhwal Regiment. More than 650 soldiers are participating from both sides.
- The exercise is a part of an initiative to develop inter-operability and sharing expertise between the two nations regarding humanitarian assistance under disaster management and to get training under anti-terrorist operations.
i.The exercise will validate the performance of both the armies in counter-insurgency in mountainous terrain.
ii.Both the Armies will familiarize themselves with each other’s weapons, equipment, tactics, techniques and procedures.
iii.There would be a series of Expert Academic Discussions on various subjects such as High Altitude Warfare, Jungle Warfare etc.
iv.Last edition of Exercise Surya Kiran was conducted in Nepal in 2019.
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It is a home (along with Tibet) to Mount Everest, a peak of which is highest altitude above mean sea level at 29,029 feet [8,848 meters].
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