Foreign Policy Watch: India-France

[pib] Exercise Shakti-2019


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Exercise SHAKTI

Mains level : India-France strategic relations


What is the news: As part of Exercise SHAKTI – 2019,  French Army troops have arrived in India.

Exercise SHAKTI

  • Series of  ‘Exercise SHAKTI’ between India and France commenced in year 2011.
  • Its a biennial exercise and is conducted alternately in India and France.
  • The exercise will focus on Counter Terrorism operations in backdrop of semi-desert terrain under United Nations Mandate.
  • The training will focus primarily on high degree of physical fitness, sharing of the 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 exercise will culminate in a 36 hrs long validation exercise which will involve neutralization of terrorists in a village hideout.
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