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India-France to conduct 7th edition of Exercise ‘Shakti’ from 13-26 May

To strengthen defense ties, India and France will conduct the 7th edition of joint military exercise ‘Shakti’ in the Umroi area of ​​Meghalaya from May 13-26.

The Indian Army said the exercise aims to enhance the joint military capability of both sides to conduct multi-domain operations in a sub-conventional scenario.

Additionally, the joint exercise will help in development of interoperability and camaraderie between the armed forces of both the countries.

Sharing details of the upcoming exercise, the Indian Army said, “Exercise #Shakti2024, the 7th edition of the joint military exercise between #India and #France, will be conducted at #Umroi, #Meghalaya from 13 to 26 May 2024. The objective of the exercise is to enhance the joint military capability of both the sides to conduct multi domain operations in sub conventional scenario. The joint exercise will help in developing #interoperability, #cordial and #cordial behavior between the armed forces of both the countries.

The sixth edition of the India-France joint military exercise X Shakti 2021 took place at the Military School of Draguignan, France in November 2021.

The Indian Army contingent was represented by a combined team of three officers, three junior commissioned officers and 37 soldiers from one battalion of Gorkha Rifles and Support Arms.

The training focused on aspects of joint planning under UN mandate, mutual understanding of the conduct of operations and identification of coordination aspects required to operate jointly in a counter-terrorism environment.

Participating troops were also put through the paces of combat conditioning and tactical training, which included firing exercises and ‘battle hardening’ work sessions. The exercise was conducted in two phases, culminating with a rigorous 36-hour exercise to validate the standards achieved during the two phases.

Earlier, Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Anil Chauhan had visited France from 22-25 April.

The aim of the visit was to further strengthen the strong defense ties between the two countries, which have grown significantly in the last few years.

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