Nomadic Elephant - Facts about Exercise Nomadic Elephant for UPSC

The Indo-Mongolian Joint Military Exercise is termed a ‘Nomadic Elephant’. It is a bilateral exercise between two nations – India and Mongolia. The troops of armies of both countries participate in the Nomadic Elephant exercise. There are series of this exercise, the latest being the 16th edition of Nomadic Elephant. It took place from 3rd-16th July 2024. It is important for aspirants to know about important Joint Military Exercises from the IAS Exam perspective. This article will provide a few important facts about Exercise Nomadic Elephant for UPSC preparation.

Candidates can also read about other important Joint Military Exercises that India participates with other countries, from the links provided in the table below:

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To get the entire list of the Indian Army Exercises, visit the linked article.

Major Facts about Nomadic Elephant for IAS Exam

The table below mentions a few relevant points about Exercise Nomadic Elephant for UPSC:

Nomadic Elephant – Facts for UPSC
It is a joint military exercise between India and Mongolia
16th Edition of Nomadic Elephant took place in July 2024, in Umroi, Meghalaya
Indian contingent comprising of 45 personnel is being represented by a Battalion of SIKKIM SCOUTS along with personnel from other arms and services.
The aim of the Nomadic Elephant exercise is to train the army troops in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations, under United Nations (UN) mandate
One of the visions of the exercise Nomadic Elephant is to promote defence cooperation and enhance military relations between the two army forces of the countries
Tactical drills during the Exercise include Response to a Terrorist Action, Establishment of a Joint Command Post, Establishment of an Intelligence & Surveillance Centre, Securing of a Helipad/ Landing Site, Small Team Insertion & Extraction, Special Heliborne Operations, Cordon & Search Operations besides Employment of Drones and Counter Drone Systems amongst others.
In the exercise, such operations have been conducted that help in enhancing interoperability between the Indian Army and Mongolian Army
Other activities that are a part of Nomadic Elephant Exercise are:

  • Important lectures on counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency
  • Demonstrations and,
  • Drills

List of Nomadic Elephant Exercise (Year-Wise)

The table below mentions the important editions of the Nomadic Elephant exercise with year and location:


Edition Year Location
Nomadic Elephant I 2004 Mongolia
Nomadic Elephant II 2005 Vairengte (Mizoram), India
Nomadic Elephant VII 2012 Belgaum (Karnataka), India
Nomadic Elephant X 2015 Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh), India
Nomadic Elephant XI 2016 Mongolia
Nomadic Elephant XII 2017 Vairengte (Mizoram), India
Nomadic Elephant XIII 2018 Five Hills Training Area, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Nomadic Elephant XIV 2019 Bakloh (Himachal Pradesh), India
Nomadic Elephant XV 2023 Mongolia
Nomadic Elephant XVI 2024 Umroi (Meghalaya), India

India-Mongolia Defence Cooperation

A few important points about India-Mongolia defence cooperation are mentioned below:

  1. Apart from Nomadic Elephant Exercise, both the countries have a Joint Working Group for Defence cooperation that has meeting annually
  2. India participates in an annual Mongolian military exercise called Khan Quest

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