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Exercise SHAKTI Overview

Context:

The 7th iteration of the India-France Joint Military Exercise SHAKTI has begun at Umroi, Meghalaya.

Relevance:

GS III: Security Challenges

Exercise SHAKTI Overview

  • SHAKTI is held biennially, alternating between India and France, with the previous edition taking place in France in November 2021.
  • It aims to enhance joint military capabilities in conducting multi-domain operations under Chapter VII of the United Nations Mandate.

Composition of Contingents

  • The Indian contingent comprises 90 personnel, primarily from the RAJPUT Regiment, with representation from other arms and services, as well as observers from the Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.
  • The French contingent consists of 90 personnel primarily from the 13th Foreign Legion Half-Brigade (13th DBLE).

Objectives and Focus Areas

  • The exercise focuses on operations in semi-urban and mountainous terrain, aiming to achieve a high level of physical fitness and refine tactical-level operations.
  • Key objectives include sharing best practices and promoting interoperability between the armed forces of both nations.

Tactical Drills

  • Tactical drills will cover various scenarios, such as responding to terrorist actions, establishing joint command posts, and employing drones and counter-drone systems.

Promoting Cooperation and Bilateral Relations

  • Exercise SHAKTI aims to strengthen camaraderie and cooperation between the armed forces of India and France, further enhancing bilateral defense cooperation and fostering friendly relations.

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