Indo-Nepal Joint Training Exercise “SURYA KIRAN-XVI” Begins at Nepal Army Battle School, Saljhandi (Nepal)

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Indo-Nepal Joint Training Exercise “SURYA KIRAN-XVI”

The 16th Edition of Indo-Nepal joint training Exercise “SURYA KIRAN-XVI” between India and Nepal will be conducted at Nepal Army Battle School, Saljhandi (Nepal), from 16 - 29 December 2022.

Important facts

  • Nepal Army soldiers of Shree Bhawani Baksh Battalion and Indian Army soldiers from the 5 GR will be participating in the exercise. 

  • The two armies, through these contingents, shall be sharing the experiences gained during the conduct of various counter-insurgency operations over the years in their respective countries. 

  • The joint exercise will focus on tactical operational planning and disaster response mechanisms in counter-terrorist operations and the role of the armed forces in disaster management.

  • During the exercise, the participants will train together to develop inter-operability and also share their experiences on counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations and humanitarian relief operations.

  • The joint military exercise will boost defence cooperation and bilateral relations between the two countries.


  • It is a biennial exercise, which is held alternately in both the countries.

  • Its aim is to enhance interoperability in jungle warfare & counter terrorism operations in mountainous terrain under UN mandate.

Purpose of the exercise

  • To establish military relations in inaccessible mountainous areas by the soldiers of both the countries.

  • Providing humanitarian assistance under disaster management.

  • Providing training for anti-terrorist operations.

  • To establish interoperability and expertise between the two countries.

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