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Indo-French Joint Military Exercise 'Shakti-2016'
Jan 20, 2016

The joint military exercise between Indian and French armies, Exercise Shakti-2016 ended on January, 16 at Mahajan Field Firing Range in Bikaner, Rajasthan.

  • The joint exercise underwent a training schedule aimed at combating conditioning, infantry tactical operations in a counter-terrorism environment and planning of joint operations under the United Nations mandate.

  • The exercise which aimed at achieving interoperability to acquaint each other with operational procedures, combat drills and understand the functioning of each other.

  • The exercise was conducted in two phases—combat conducting and tactical training and validation exercise.

  • During the exercise, both the armies shared valuable combat experience with respect to countering terrorist operations in an international environment.

  • During the exercise, participants will engage in variety of missions from joint planning, cordon and search operations, search and rescue, joint tactical drills and basics of special arms skills.

  • The exercise was an important step for the armies to train together and gain from each other's rich operational experience.

  • Both countries had troops deployed in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations and therefore sharing each other's military experiences will pay meaningful dividends.

  • This exercise ended in a tactical exercise encompassing clearing of pockets of terrorists in rural and urban environment. 

  • The French contingent comprised 56 personnel of 35th Infantry Regiment of 7th Armoured Brigade, which had taken part in the Afghan war. The 35th Infantry Regiment's origin dates back to its raising in 1604 at Lorraine (France). The regiment has as many as 12 battle honours to its credit. The battalion has varied combat experiences, having served in Algeria, Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan, amongst other places.

  • For India, the 2nd Battalion of Garhwal Rifles, a part of the Sapta Shakti Command took part in this exercise. The unit was put through a strenuous training schedule to prepare for the exercise, which included firing, combat conditioning, tactical operations, heli-borne operations among others.

The exercise which began on January 8 was the third edition in the series of bilateral exercises under this banner.


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