India, Nepal begin military exercise

Tribune news service

New Delhi, September 20th

The two-week 15th India-Nepal combined military exercise “Surya Kiran” at battalion level began on Monday in Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand. The exercise ends on October 3rd.

During the exercise, one infantry battalion each from the Indian Army and the Nepalese Army will train together to develop interoperability and share their experiences with counter-terrorism and disaster relief operations. Around 650 defense forces from both armies will take part in the event.

Meanwhile, the sixth edition of the Russia-hosted SCO exercise Peaceful Mission 2021 in the Orenburg region of southwest Russia began today. An Indian military contingent, consisting of a combined force of 200 men from the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force, takes part.

The aim of the exercise is to foster close relationships among SCO member states and improve the ability of military leaders to command multinational military contingents.

The opening ceremony began with an impressive parade of all participating contingents.

The exercise is based on joint counter-terrorism operations at the operational and tactical level, in which all SCO member states participate. Pakistan and China are also members of the SCO.