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6th March, 2023 Security

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Context: The maiden joint military exercise, FRINJEX-23, between the Indian Army and French Army will be conducted at the Pangode military station on March 7 and 8.


  • It is for the first time that both countries are engaging in this format with each contingent comprising a Company Group.
  • The French contingent is part of the French Marine Regiment on board DIXMUDE mission.
  • The exercise is aimed at enhancing inter-operability, coordination, and cooperation between both forces at tactical the level.
  • The exercise will have the largest contingent fielded by the Thiruvananthapuram-based Indian Army unit and the French 6th light armoured brigade.
  • The theme for the exercise is based on “Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations in a Contested Environment”.

Defence Cooperation:

  • An annual defence dialogue at the Ministerial level.
  • The three services also have regular defence exercises; viz. Exercise Shakti (Army), Exercise Varuna (Navy) and Exercise Garuda (Air Force).
  • The major on-going defense-related projects are the following:
  • Purchase of Rafale aircraft.
  • P-75 Scorpene Project: The contract for six Scorpene submarines from M/s DCNS (now Naval Group) was signed in October 2006. All six vessels are to be built under technology transfer at the Mazagaon Docks Ltd. Project implementation is underway. The first submarine INS Kalvari was commissioned in December 2017 while two others are in the stages prior to their operationalization.


Q) Discuss the importance of military exercises in strengthening India-France Relations. (150 words)