National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 29 October 2019
The French Army contingent comprising of 38 personnel arrived in Bikaner on 28 October 2019 to participate in Indo-French exercise SHAKTI-2019 being conducted from 31 October to 13 November 2019 at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges.
On arrival at the exercise area at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges, the Indian Army extended a warm and traditional welcome to the French contingent which was followed by exchange of pleasantries amongst soldiers of both nations. Exercise SHAKTI-2019 is the fifth edition in the series of bilateral exercises under this banner. The joint exercise would focus on Counter Terrorism operations in backdrop of semi-desert terrain under United Nations Mandate.
The joint training would also focus on high degree of physical fitness, tactical drills, techniques and procedure. A comprensive training programme for a period of two weeks has been worked out for achieving the same. During the exercise, participants will engage in variety of missions from joint planning, cordon and search operations, search and rescue, joint tactical drills and basics of special arms skills.
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