Twelfth iteration of Indo – Mongolian Joint Military Exercise Nomadic Elephant is presently underway at Vairengte from 05 April 2017 till 18 April 2017. Vairengte in Mizoram houses the elite Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School of the Indian Army.

Nomadic Elephant is aimed at training the troops in Counter Insurgency & Counter Terrorism Operations under the United Nations mandate.

The joint training will also lay emphasis on conducting operations by a joint subunit, comprising of troops from both the armies, in adverse operational conditions aimed at enhancing the interoperability between the two armies.

In this edition, both countries will lay emphasis on conducting operations by joint subunit, comprising of troops from both armies, in adverse operational conditions to enhancing interoperability between them. It encompasses important aspects like convoy protection, room intervention drills, ambush/counter-ambush drills while jointly conducting counter-terrorist operations.

Importance
  • The joint exercise is significant for developing counter-terror capability of the Indian army.
  • Such exercises also deepen military cooperation at an international level.
  • This year’s exercise has coincided with Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh to which China has expressed deep resentment. The Indo-Mongolian military exercise is taking place just about 800 kilometers away from Tawang.

The China angle

One may recall that in 2016, China mounted economic sanctions on Mongolia after it refused to cancel the visit of Dalai Lama on its soil. India-Mongolia relations have been on an upswing in recent years, with the latter turning to India in December 2016 for help after China hiked transit tariffs on Mongolian trucks, as part of its action to protest Dalai Lama’s visit to Mongolia.

The Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi during his visit to Mongolia in May 2015 had also extended a credit line of $1 billion to Mongolia.