Indian Army begins joint exercise ‘Garuda Shakti’ in Indonesia

New Delhi : A contingent of Indian Special Forces has commenced a bilateral joint training exercise ‘Garuda Shakti’ with the Indonesian Army at the Sanga Buana Training Area in Karawang, Indonesia. This exercise is the eighth edition of the series of bilateral exercises. In this, there is an exchange of military training between the armies of the two countries.

Garuda Shakti
Garuda Shakti

According to a military spokesperson, the objective of the exercise, which began on November 21, is to promote understanding, cooperation and interoperability between the special forces of the two armies. Information on weapons, equipment, innovations, tactics, techniques and procedures is to be shared to upgrade the skills of special forces within the scope of the joint exercise. In addition, lessons learned from various operations, special forces operations in jungle terrain, strikes on terrorist camps, and validation of the exercise in the lifestyle and culture of both countries to promote military cooperation.

The joint training will also focus on a high-level of physical fitness, tactical drills, techniques and procedures for which a 13-day training program has been chalked out. The exercise will conclude with a 48-hour-long verification exercise. This joint exercise will enable both armies to get to know each other better and share their vast experiences in countering terrorist operations, regional security operations and peacekeeping operations in the international environment. The exercise is a significant achievement in ensuring cordial relations between the two countries and ensuring regional security.

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