India-France Joint Military Exercise “Shakti” from May 13 to May 26 at Umroi, Meghalaya

The 7th edition of the India-France Joint Military Exercise “Shakti” began on May 13 and runs until May 26 at Umroi, Meghalaya.

  • Conducted every two years, alternating between India and France, with the previous edition held in France in November 2021.
  • Indian contingent comprises 90 personnel primarily from the Rajput Regiment, alongside other arms and services, with observers from the Indian Navy and Air Force.
  • French contingent includes 90 personnel from the 13th Foreign Legion Half-Brigade (13th DBLE).
  • Focuses on operations in semi-urban and mountainous terrain, aiming for high physical fitness and refining tactical operations.
  • Tactical drills encompass various scenarios like responding to terrorist actions, establishing Joint Command Posts, securing helipads, conducting Special Heliborne Operations, and employing drones.
  • Aims to promote inter-operability, camaraderie, and defense cooperation between India and France, enhancing bilateral relations.

Q: In the 7th edition of the Joint Military Exercise “Shakti” from May 13 to May 26 at Umroi, Meghalaya, which country’s contingent participates alongside the Indian Army?

a) Russia
b) France
c) United States
d) United Kingdom

Ans : b) France

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