INDIA. Mumbai: 15th Edition of Indo – Nepal Joint Military Training, Exercise “Surya Kiran” between Indian Army and Nepali Army will commence at Pithoragarh military station in Uttarakhand from September 20, Monday.
The last exercise was conducted in 2019 at the Nepal Army Battle School in Salijhandi Rupendehi district, where the troops of both armies participated in a 14-day joint training based on counter-insurgency operations in the jungle and mountainous terrain and also practised response to natural and man-made disasters. This annual exercise was called off last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic
During this exercise, an Infantry Battalion from Indian Army and an equivalent strength from Nepali Army would be sharing their experiences gained during the conduct of various counter-insurgency operations over a prolonged period in their respective countries.
As part of the exercise, both the Armies would familiarise themselves with each other’s weapons, equipments, tactics, techniques, and procedures of operating in a counter-insurgency environment in mountainous terrain. There will also be integrated battle drills (IBD).
There would be a series of Expert Academic Discussions on various subjects such as Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, High Altitude Warfare, Jungle Warfare, etc. The joint military training would culminate with a gruelling 48 hours exercise to validate the performance of both the armies in counter-insurgency in mountainous terrain.
The exercise is part of an initiative to develop interoperability and sharing expertise between the two nations. This joint military training will go a long way in improving bilateral relations and also will be a major step towards further strengthening the traditional friendship between the two nations, an official statement said.
CAS visits Central Air Command
In another development, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, visited Headquarters, Central Air Command (CAC), Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh for its Annual Commanders’ Conference, on Thursday.
The CAS was received by Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (CAC) Air Marshal RJ Duckworth. A ceremonial Guard of Honour was presented to the CAS on reaching the Command Headquarters.
In his address to the Commanders, the CAS emphasized the need for critical analysis to enhance operational preparedness, focus on maintenance practices and ensure robust physical and cyber security. He directed the Commanders to ensure that the readiness of all platforms, weapon systems, and assets are kept at the highest level. CAS appreciated the role of CAC in the recent flood relief efforts and aid to civil administration.
The CAS urged the Commanders to continue their efforts in ensuring a safe operational flying environment and stressed the need to augment the combat capability of IAF through innovation, self-reliance, and indigenisation.
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