8 Nov 2019

Indo-French joint Exercise- SHAKTI 2019

Source: Press Information Bureau

About the Mission

  • It’s a biennial exercise and is conducted alternately in India and France.
  • The Exercise SHAKTI(Army) between India and France commenced in the year 2011
  • This year the Exercise was held in Rajasthan
  • A contingent of the Sikh Regiment of Sapta Shakti Command represented Indian Army in this exercise. 
  • The French Army delegation was represented by troops of 21st Marine Infantry Regiment  of 6th Armoured Brigade
  • The joint exercise focused on Counter-Terrorism operations in the backdrop of semi-desert terrain under the United Nations Mandate. 
  • The training focused primarily on a high degree of physical fitness, sharing of drill at tactical level and learning of best practices from each other. 
  • The exercise aims at enhancing understanding, cooperation, and interoperability between the two Armies
  • The other exercises between Indian and France are;
  1. Garuda- Air Force
  2. Varuna- Naval