PITHORAGARH: A two-week batallion-level combined training exercise of Indian and Nepalese armies will be conducted between August 18 and 31.
The exercise named, Surya Kiran 7th, will see the participation of over 300 personnel from both the armies, an Army press release said here.
To be carried out at a height of 5,000-6,000 ft in the mountainous terrains of Pithoragarh district under the aegis of Garur division, the combined training aims at developing inter-operability of both the armies in jungle warfare and counter-terrorism operations.
Aspects of disaster management with specific reference to pandemic/epidemic disease control and incorporation of aviation aspects will also be taken into training, an Army spokesperson here said.
The event will be monitored by senior officers of both the armies on the day of inauguration, who will also interact with members of the both of the contingents.
“We see it as not only a strategic cooperation between both the armies but also an aid to historical and cultural ties between both the nations,” the spokesperson said.
The two countries started combined strategic exercises at platoon level in 2011 after an agreement was signed between the two countries during the meeting of 7th Indo-Nepal bilateral consultative group on security.
“The joint excercises rose from platoon level in 2011 to batallion level today which is indication of increasing cooperation between the two armies,” the Army spokesman said.