The 11th edition of the India-Kyrgyzstan Joint Special Forces Exercise KHANJAR has started at the Special Forces Training School in Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh. The exercise is scheduled to take place from January 22nd to February 3rd, 2024.
This joint exercise is an annual event, taking place alternately in India and Kyrgyzstan.
The Indian Army contingent consists of 20 personnel from The Parachute Regiment (Special Forces), while the Kyrgyzstan contingent is represented by 20 personnel from the Scorpion Brigade.
Objectives of the Exercise:
The primary aim of the exercise is to exchange experiences and best practices in Counter Terrorism and Special Forces Operations. The focus areas include operations in Built-up Areas and Mountainous Terrain, falling under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter. Special attention will be given to developing Special Forces skills and advanced techniques of insertion and extraction.
Enhancing Defense Ties:
This exercise serves as an opportunity for both countries to strengthen their defense ties. By addressing common concerns related to international terrorism and extremism, the exercise aims to fortify the collaboration between the Indian and Kyrgyzstani forces.
In addition to the exchange of expertise, the exercise will provide a platform to showcase the capabilities of cutting-edge indigenous defense equipment. This demonstration aligns with shared security objectives and contributes to fostering bilateral relations between India and Kyrgyzstan.