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- The Inaugural Military Field Training Exercise for the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technological and Economic Cooperation) nations named MILEX-18 began on September 10.
- Scheduled from 10 September 18 to 16 September 18 started with a Grand Opening Ceremony on 10 September 18 at Aundh Military Station, Pune.
- The inauguration Parade was Commanded by Captain Gaurav Sharma, who is part of the participating Indian contingent.
- The aim of the exercise is to practice the BIMSTEC Nations in planning and conduct of counter terrorist operations.
- The exercise schedule is focused upon learning of best practices, team building & special tactical level operations in a counter-terrorist environment in semi urban setting.
- The inaugural edition of the BIMSTEC MILEX 18 was carried out in all Military grandeur, razor edge precision and with complete sanctity that a Military Parade should display.
- Nepal army is not participating in this exercise.