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About A Exercise Khanjar


Recently, India-Kyrgyzstan Joint Special Forces Exercise KHANJAR has commenced at the Special Forces Training School in Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh.


GS III: Security Challenges

Exercise Khanjar:

  • Inception: Exercise Khanjar had its inaugural edition in December 2011, marking the initiation of a collaborative venture between India and Kyrgyzstan in the realm of Special Forces training.
  • 11th Edition: The current iteration represents the 11th edition of the India-Kyrgyzstan Joint Special Forces Exercise, highlighting the enduring nature of this annual event.
Participant Details:
  • Indian Army Contingent: Comprising 20 personnel, the Indian Army contingent is represented by elite troops from The Parachute Regiment (Special Forces).
  • Kyrgyzstan Contingent: Also consisting of 20 personnel, the Kyrgyzstan contingent is represented by troops from the Scorpion Brigade.
  • Focus Areas: The primary aim of Exercise Khanjar is to facilitate the exchange of experiences and best practices specifically in Counter-Terrorism and Special Forces Operations. These operations will be conducted in both Built-up Areas and Mountainous Terrain.
  • United Nations Charter: The exercise operates within the framework of Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, underscoring its commitment to addressing global challenges.
Training Emphasis:
  • Skill Development: The exercise places a strong emphasis on developing Special Forces skills, including the mastery of advanced techniques related to insertion and extraction in diverse terrains.
Strategic Significance:
  • Bilateral Ties: By providing a platform for joint training and cooperation, Exercise Khanjar serves as an opportunity to strengthen the defence ties between India and Kyrgyzstan.
  • Addressing Common Concerns: The exercise enables both nations to address shared concerns related to international terrorism and extremism.
Showcasing Capabilities:
  • Indigenous Defence Equipment: Exercise Khanjar also serves as a showcase for cutting-edge indigenous defence equipment, demonstrating the technological prowess of the participating nations.
Bilateral Relations:
  • Shared Security Objectives: The exercise not only aligns with shared security objectives but also contributes to fostering positive bilateral relations between India and Kyrgyzstan.

February 2024