Ex SHAKTI- 2021: Indo – France joint military exercise

6th edition of biennial Indo – France joint military exercise called “Ex SHAKTI- 2021” concluded on November 26, 2021 in France.

Key Points

  • Ex SHAKTI 2021 involved twelve days of intense joint military training.
  • During the exercise, military from both the countries exhibited their combat power and dominance over extremist groups in simulated Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency environment.
  • Exercise provided an opportunity to both the sides to train in Counter-Terrorism operations in joint environment under United Nations charter.

Two phases of exercise

Ex SHAKTI was conducted in two phases. It involved combat conditioning and tactical training of Counter-Terrorism operations. It was culminated with validation of training in semi-urban environment. Military from both the sides shared their best operational practices and experiences. Both the contingents expressed immense satisfaction with outcome of this exercise, with respect to the standards achieved during the conduct.


This exercise focuses on Counter Terrorism operations in the light of semi-urban terrain under United Nations Mandate. It is organised biennially with the aim of enhancing military cooperation and interoperability between Armies of both the countries. The exercise was started in 2011 and is conducted alternately in India and France.

5th edition of the exercise

The last edition (5th edition) of the Shakti exercise took place in 2019 Rajasthan. In this edition, both the armies practiced “Counter Terrorism operations in semi-desert terrain”.

Other Defence Exercises between India & France

India and France conducts following defence exercises:

  1. Varuna, which is a Naval exercise
  2. Desert Knight-21
  3. Garuda, an Air exercise.




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