India, Japan to hold joint exercise to promote air defence cooperation


India and Japan are set to carry a joint air train – Veer Guardian-2023 – at Hyakuri Air Base, Japan from January 12 to 26, to advertise air defence cooperation.

The Indian Air Power (IAF) and Japan Air Self Defence Power (JASDF) will take part within the train.

The Indian contingent collaborating within the air train will embrace 4 Su-30 MKI, two C-17 and one IL-78 plane, whereas the JASDF can be collaborating with 4 F-2 and 4 F-15 plane, the IAF mentioned.

The train will embrace the conduct of assorted aerial fight drills between the 2 Air Forces. As per the IAF, they may undertake multi-domain air fight missions in a posh atmosphere and can change greatest practices.

“Specialists from each side may even maintain discussions to share their experience on diverse operational features. Train ‘Veer Guardian’ will fortify the long-standing bond of friendship and improve the avenues of defence cooperation between the 2 Air Forces,” the IAF mentioned.

It was throughout the second 2+2 International and Defence Ministerial assembly held in Tokyo, Japan on September 8 final 12 months that India and Japan had agreed to step up bilateral defence cooperation and interact in additional army workout routines, together with holding the primary joint fighter jet drills, “reflecting the rising safety cooperation between the 2 sides.”

“This train will thus be one other step within the deepening strategic ties and nearer defence cooperation between the 2 international locations,” the IAF mentioned.

India and Japan have within the current previous held a number of joint workout routines. In September final 12 months, the navies of each international locations took half within the sixth version of the Japan-India Maritime Train (JIMEX) within the Bay of Bengal. The JIMEX collection of workout routines started in 2012. Its final version was carried out in October 2021 within the Arabian Sea.

In February-March final 12 months, each international locations participated in Train DHARMA GUARDIAN-2022, an annual train between Indian Military and the Japanese Floor Self Defence Power at International Coaching Node, Belgaum.

Japan additionally hosted India, the US, and Australia within the multilateral Train Malabar in November final 12 months.


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