India is leveraging bilateral military exercises to further strategic cooperation. The Indian Army is currently engaged in or has just concluded four separate exercises with the armies of Nepal, Oman, Singapore and the U.S., with a focus on aspects like counter-insurgency, jungle warfare, etc meant to promote interoperability.

The exercise with Nepal also comes at a time when the Himalayan neighbour is expected to conduct its first military drills with China.

Latest drills
1. The Surya Kiran exercise with Nepal is underway at Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand

2. The Al Nagah-II exercise with Oman is underway at Bakloh in Himachal Pradesh.

They are infantry exercises meant to improve interoperability and focus especially on counter-terrorism. Both the exercises are spread over 14 days.

3. The Bold Kurukshetra exercise with Singapore is an armoured exercise under way at the Babina field firing range in Uttar Pradesh