Meanwhile, at the Special Forces Training School (SFTS) in Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh, the annual ‘Khanjar’ exercise, a joint military drill between India and Kyrgyzstan, has commenced with a primary focus on countering terrorism and extremism.
Scheduled from January 22 to February 3, this marks the 11th edition of the annual event, conducted alternately in both countries. The Indian Army contingent, comprising 20 personnel from the Parachute Regiment (special forces), is joined by the Kyrgyzstan contingent, consisting of 20 personnel from its Scorpion Brigade.
The exercise places a significant emphasis on honing Special Forces skills and mastering advanced techniques related to insertion and extraction in challenging environments. Its overarching goal is to facilitate the exchange of experiences and best practices in countering terrorism and conducting special forces operations in built-up areas and mountainous terrain, guided by Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.
The army highlights that this exercise provides a valuable opportunity for both sides to strengthen defence ties while collectively addressing shared concerns related to international terrorism and extremism. According to the Indian Army’s statement, it serves as a platform to showcase the capabilities of cutting-edge indigenous defence equipment, contributing to achieving shared security objectives and fostering bilateral relations.