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[pib] Exercise Shakti


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Exercise SHakti and another bilateral exercise between India and France

Mains level: NA

Why in the news?

The 7th edition of the India-France Joint Military Exercise SHAKTI begins at Umroi, Meghalaya, signalling the start of a biennial training event aimed at enhancing bilateral military cooperation.

About Exercise Shakti

  • Shakti Exercise is a joint military exercise between the armies of India and France.
  • It is a biennial training event conducted alternatively in India and France
  • It started in 2011, and since then, the armies of both countries have undertaken it to promote defence cooperation and interoperability.
  • Objectives:
  1. To bolster joint military capabilities for multi-domain operations in a sub-conventional scenario under Chapter VII of the United Nations Mandate.
  2. To operate in semi-urban and mountainous terrain, focusing on achieving a high degree of physical fitness and refining tactical drills.

Major Defence Exercise between India and France:

  • Garuda: It is the joint air exercise between the Indian Air Force and the French Air and Space Force.
  • Varuna: It is the joint naval exercise between the Indian Navy and the French Navy.
  • Desert Knight-21: It was a bilateral air exercise conducted by the Indian Air Force and the French Air and Space Force at Air Force Station Jodhpur from January 20-24, 2021. It was unique as it involved the fielding of Rafale aircraft by both sides.
  • FRINJEX: It was the maiden joint military exercise between the Indian Army and the French Army conducted at Pangode Military Station, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on March 7-8, 2023.


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