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Bharat Shakti Exercise

Why is it in the news?

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted that self-reliance (Aatmanirbharta) in defense ensures the armed forces’ self-confidence during the tri-services live fire and maneuver exercise Bharat Shakti at Pokhran, Rajasthan.
  • He linked the concept of “Viksit Bharat” (Developed India) to “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” (Self-reliant India), highlighting the interconnectedness of progress and self-reliance.

 About Exercise Bharat Shakti

  • The exercise simulated realistic, integrated operations across multiple domains including land, air, sea, cyber, and space.
  • It showcased the combined operational capabilities of the Indian Armed Forces.
  • Various indigenous defence equipment, such as tanks, artillery guns, surface-to-air systems, drones, aircraft, and helicopters, were demonstrated during the exercise.
  • The primary objective of Exercise Bharat Shakti was to exhibit the shock and awe capabilities of the Indian Armed Forces.
  • It aimed to demonstrate effective manoeuvring and fighting capabilities in operational scenarios.

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