The armies of India and France will carry out a joint exercise on anti-terror operations from November 15 to November 26 in the port town of Frejus. The aim of the bilateral military drill is to enhance military cooperation and interoperability between the armies of the two countries.
New Delhi: With a focus on counter-terror operations, India and France will hold a 12-day-long bilateral Army exercise beginning Monday (November 15) in the French port town of Frejus.
According to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), a platoon strength of a Gorkha Rifles Infantry Battalion will represent the Indian Army while the French side will deploy troops of 21st Marine Infantry Regiment of 6th Light Armoured Brigade at the exercise.
The training will focus primarily on a high degree of physical fitness, sharing of drills at the tactical level and learning of best practices from each other.
“Exercise SHAKTI will focus on counter-terrorism operations in the backdrop of semi-urban terrain under United Nations mandate with an aim to enhance military cooperation and interoperability between the two armies,” the defence ministry said in a statement.
It is a biennial exercise that is conducted alternately in India and France. The latest edition of the SHAKTI Exercise took place in Rajasthan in 2019.
Earlier in October, the armed forces of India and the United Kingdom (UK) carried out a tri-Service exercise ‘Konkan Shakti 2021’ in the Arabian Sea.
The two forces had integrated within their groups with exercises such as replenishment at sea approaches, air direction and strike operations by fighter aircraft (MiG 29Ks and F35Bs), cross control of helicopters (Sea King, Chetak and Wildcat), transiting through war-at-sea scenarios and gun shoots on expendable air targets.