Exercise Shakti-2019

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News:Indian and French armies will conduct joint counter-terrorism drills under ‘Exercise Shakti-2019’ in the Mahajan field firing range in Rajasthan.

Facts:

About the exercise:

  • The Exercise SHAKTI is conducted between India and France.It was first conducted in the year 2011. 
  • The exercise is a biennial exercise and  is conducted alternately in India and France.
  • The exercise aims at enhancing understanding, cooperation and interoperability between the two Armies.
  • The joint exercise will focus on Counter Terrorism operations in backdrop of semi-desert terrain under United Nations Mandate.

Additional information:

  • Exercise Varuna:It is an annual naval exercise between India and France.It was initiated in 1983 and was named as Varuna in 2001.
  • Exercise Garuda:It is a bilateral exercise between Indian and French Air Force.The first edition of the exercise was held in 2003.