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Exercise Shakti: French troops to arrive on Oct 26
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Exercise Shakti: French troops to arrive on Oct 26

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New Delhi, Oct 25: The French Army troops will arrive in Rajasthan on Saturday in a bid to participate in joint military exercise “Shakti” with Indian Army, commencing October 31 at Foreign Training Node at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges in Jaisalmer.

The biennial exercise which was started in 2011, is conducted alternatively in both countries. As part of Exercise SHAKTI – 2019, French Army troops will be arriving in India on October 26 for training with Indian Troops. The bilateral training exercise will be conducted at Foreign Training Node at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges, Rajasthan-based Defence PRO Col Sombit Ghosh said.

A contingent of the Sikh Regiment of Sapta Shakti Command will represent Indian Army while the French Army delegation would be represented by troops of 21st Marine Infantry Regiment of 6th Armoured Brigade. The exercise which will conclude on November 13, would focus on Counter Terrorism operations in backdrop of semi-desert terrain under United Nations Mandate.

The training will focus primarily on high degree of physical fitness, sharing of drill at tactical level and learning of best practices from each other. The exercise aims at enhancing understanding, cooperation and interoperability between the two Armies. It will culminate in a 36 hours long validation exercise which will involve neutralization of terrorists in a village hideout, Col Ghosh added. (UNI)