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Closing Ceremony: Indo-French Joint Training Exercise Shakti - 2019

Closing Ceremony Indo-French Joint Training Exercise Shakti - 2019
Closing Ceremony: Indo-French Joint Training Exercise Shakti - 2019

Closing Ceremony: Indo-French Joint Training Exercise Shakti - 2019

Closing Ceremony Exercise Shakti - 2019: The closing ceremony of the joint military exercise between Indian and French Army, Exercise 'SHAKTI-2019’ was held at Mahajan Field Firing Range in Rajasthan on 13 November 2019.

Indo-French Joint Military Exercise Shakti-2019: Indian and French armies will conduct joint counter-terrorism drills under 'Exercise Shakti-2019' in the Mahajan field firing range in Rajasthan from October 31 to November 13.

The aim of the exercise was to achieve interoperability, to acquaint each other with operational procedures, combat drills and understand the functioning in such a situation. It was evident that both armies were able to achieve this aim.

Series of 'Exercise SHAKTI' between India and France commenced in year 2011. Its a biennial exercise and is conducted alternately in India and France. As part of Exercise SHAKTI – 2019, French Army troops arrived in India on 26 October 2019 for training with Indian Troops.

  The bilateral training exercise will be conducted at Foreign Training Node at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges, Rajasthan.

A contingent of the Sikh Regiment of Sapta Shakti Command will represent Indian Army in this exercise. The French Army delegation will be represented by troops of 21st Marine Infantry Regiment of 6th Armoured Brigade.

  The bilateral exercise will be conducted from 31 October 2019 to 13 November 2019.

The joint 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 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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