India and France are going to have another joint training exercise of their army personnel to counter insurgency and terrorism under the United Nations (UN) mandate.
An army spokesperson said that the contingent of the French army would arrive in the Mahajan field firing range later this month for the third exercise named ‘Shakti-2016’.
“Such annual counter-insurgency and counter- terrorism exercises over the years have added to the experience of the rank and file of both the Indian and French armies,” said an army press release.
The spokesperson said the two-week exercise would focus on counter-terrorism operations in the semi-urban terrain.
“To achieve inter-operability in joint real-life operations in future, troops from French (1) Motorised Brigade and the Indian army’s infantry unit would strive to acquaint themselves with the arms and equipment, command and control system and operational tactics of each other,” the spokesperson said.
The training would also focus on high degree of physical fitness, tactical drills, techniques and procedure.
“During the exercise, participants will engage in a variety of missions from joint planning, cordon, search and rescue operations, joint tactical drills and basics of special arms skills,” stated the spokesperson.
On the completion of the exercise, the personnel of the two armies would strive to gain experience and learning from each other on terrorist solutions.
The press release stated that the exercise would be conducted in two phases, combat conducting and tactical training and validation exercise.
“The size and scope of the exercise is unparalleled and will be characterised by regular realistic, academic and natural exchanges. The broadened and unprecedented scope of the exercise stands as a testament to the well-netted people-to-people and military-to-military ties between France and India,” stated the spokesperson.
The spokesperson said that both France and India have a friendship of unmatched mutual confidence, trust and goodwill. “France has been the pillar of strength for India’s development, security and international relations. India too has always stood by in meeting challenges. Shakti-2016 reflects the vibrancy of the continued Indo-France strategic partnership,” the spokesperson said.