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India, France to hold joint army exercise Shakti-2019 to counter terror

While a contingent of the Sikh Regiment of Sapta Shakti Command will represent the Indian Army in this exercise, the French Army delegation will be represented by troops of the 21st Marine Infantry Regiment of 6th Armoured Brigade, the Defence Ministry said.

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

India and France will conduct a joint army exercise ‘Shakti-2019′ at the Foreign Training Node at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges in Rajasthan from 31 October to 13 November.

The French Army troops have already arrived in India for training with Indian forces.

While a contingent of the Sikh Regiment of Sapta Shakti Command will represent the Indian Army in this exercise, the French Army delegation will be represented by troops of the 21st Marine Infantry Regiment of 6th Armoured Brigade, the Defence Ministry said.

The joint exercise will focus on counter-terrorism operations in the backdrop of semi-desert terrain under the United Nations mandate.

The training will focus primarily on a high degree of physical fitness, sharing of the drill at the tactical level, and learning of best practices from each other.

The exercise aims at enhancing understanding, cooperation, and interoperability between the two Armies.

The bilateral exercise will culminate in a 36 hours’ long validation exercise which will involve neutralisation of terrorists in a village hideout.

The series of ‘Exercise Shakti’ between India and France commenced in 2011.