The 11th edition of the India-Kyrgyzstan Joint Special Forces Exercise Khanjar, has concluded at the Special Forces Training School in Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh.

Excercise Khanjahar concluded in Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh.

Scheduled from January 22 to February 3, 2024, this annual event holds a significant symbol of military cooperation between the two nations.

The exercise attended by 20 personnel from the elite Parachute Regiment (Special Forces) of the Indian Army and an equal contingent from Kyrgyzstan’s Scorpion Brigade.
According to information shared by India’s Ministry of Defence, the primary aim of Exercise Khanjar was to facilitate an exchange of experiences and best practices in counter-terrorism and Special Forces operations, especially in challenging environments such as built-up areas and mountainous terrain.
This aligns with Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, highlighting the exercise’s global significance. Participants will focus on honing Special Forces skills, emphasizing advanced techniques of insertion and extraction, crucial in modern warfare.
A notable aspect of this year’s exercise is the opportunity for both India and Kyrgyzstan to showcase their cutting-edge indigenous defence equipment. This not only serves to bolster their military capabilities but also fosters stronger bilateral relations. The exercise is a testament to the shared objectives of the two nations in combating international terrorism and extremism.
As the exercise progresses, it is expected to fortify defence ties between India and Kyrgyzstan. The collaborative training and exchange of tactics will not only enhance military proficiency but also strengthen the camaraderie between the armed forces of the two countries. Exercise Khanjar serves as a platform for both nations to jointly address evolving security threats and contribute to regional security cooperation.
The 11th edition of Exercise Khanjar demonstrates the growing strategic partnership between India and Kyrgyzstan, reinforcing their commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the region. As the exercise unfolds, it will undoubtedly contribute significantly to enhancing the military capabilities of both nations and their ability to jointly tackle the challenges posed by international terrorism and extremism.

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