New Delhi: The closing ceremony of the successful joint military exercise between the Indian and French Armies, Exercise Shakti-2019 was organised at Mahajan Field Firing Range on 13 November. The aim of the exercise was to achieve interoperability, to acquaint each other with operational procedures and combat drills, and understand the functioning in these situation.
The exercise was conducted in two phases. The first phase of combat conditioning and tactical training was completed successfully by both the contingents. The training received by both the armies in the first phase was put into practice in the second phase which was termed as validation stage.
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Both army contingents jointly took part in the validation exercise which included establishment of observation posts, cordon and search operations, and house clearing drills, including the evacuation of causalities using helicopters.
The exercise also included newly inducted HAL Rudra helicopters, the weaponised version of the Advanced Light Helicopter ‘Dhruv’ produced indigenously by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.
The closing ceremony was organised as a solemn occasion to felicitate outstanding soldiers and to showcase each other’s cultural and martial heritage. Both the armies shared valuable combat experience with respect to countering terrorist operations in an international environment.
The Indian Army was also conducting the first Indo-Uzbekistan joint military exercise Dustlik-2019, which ended on 13 November.
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