National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 31 May 2018

The 13th edition of bilateral annual military Exercise SURYA KIRAN, between India and Nepal Army commenced today at Pithoragarh. The aim of exercise is joint training of troops in counter insurgency/ counter terrorism operations in both jungle & mountainous terrain and disaster management. Exercise SURYA KIRAN can be termed as the hallmark of long standing strategic ties between India and Nepal. Indian Army is represented by 13th Battalion The Jammu and Kashmir Rifles (KARGIL) while the Nepal Army is represented by the Gorakh Box Battalion.

As part of the exercise important lectures, demonstrations and drills related to counter insurgency, counter terrorism operations and disaster management will be conducted. Both the Armies will also share their valuable experiences in countering such situations as also refined drills and procedures for joint operation wherever the need so arises.

The culmination of exercise will be done with a 72 hours joint exercise which will show the joint skills of soldiers while conducting any counter terrorist operation.


On the first day of the exercise a lecture cum demonstration of Rock Craft was conducted by the Indian Army. The demonstration had a breathtaking display of Rock Craft and mountaineering skills used by soldiers in rugged and mountainous terrain for furtherance of counter terrorist operations. The demonstration included climbing, rappelling, casualty evacuation and load carriage which kept the audience spellbound.

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