Indian Army troops and French Army troops are conducting a joint Army Exercise â€˜SHAKTI 2013â€™ in France to practice and validate antiterrorist operations and drills in snowbound and mountainous areas. This is the second joint military exercise between the two countries with the first one being held in India in October 2011. The exercise is being conducted from 09 Sep to 20 Sep 2013 at Grenoble in French Alps. Approximately sixty troops from both the countries are participating in the exercise. The Indian Army troops have been drawn from the 5th Battalion the KUMAON Regt of South Western Command, while the Alpine troops of 27th Mountain Infantry Brigade are participating from the France Army. The theme of the exercise is to conduct platoon level joint Counter Insurgency operations in high altitude mountainous terrain under the UN Charter, thus emphasizing the shared concerns of both countries about global terrorism. An added aim of the exercise is to qualitatively enhance knowledge of each othersâ€™ military procedures thus increasing the scope for interoperability and better responsiveness to a common threat. The Indian troops have undergone extensive training on rock craft, ice craft, advanced mountaineering techniques at High Altitude Warfare School at Sonamarg in Kashmir, in addition to tactical drills of close cordon and house intervention drills to fulfill the mandate of the joint exercise. The twelve day exercise with France Army is being conducted in multiple modules in order to achieve complete integration between the two contingents at every stage. The vast experience and expertise gained by the Indian troops in high altitude areas like Siachen Glacier and in Counter Insurgency operations hold special importance to the France Army. Conduct of the joint exercise would therefore set the stage for greater defence cooperation between the two nations.