Thiruvananthapuram: The armies of India and France will begin their maiden joint military exercise, FRINJEX – 2023, at the Pangode Military Station in Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram, from March 7. The two-day exercise will engage the troops of the two countries in the format where each contingent will comprise a company group.
The Indian Army will be represented by troops based at Thiruvananthapuram whereas its French counterpart will be represented by the French 6th Light Armoured Brigade.
The exercise is aimed at enhancing inter-operability, coordination, and cooperation between both forces at tactical level. The scope of the exercise involves establishment and operationalization of a joint command post to secure an envisaged area for undertaking joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, establishing an internally displaced population (IDP) camp, and moving of disaster relief material.
The joint exercise will further cement defence cooperation with France which is seen as a key aspect of the overall India-France strategic partnership.