India, Japan to conduct first-ever air combat exercise ‘Veer Guardian 23'
India and Japan will conduct their first bilateral combat air exercise 'Veer Guardian 23' for 10 days in Japan in January 2023.
The exercise will be conducted from January 16 to January 26. The exercise will be conducted at Hyakuri Air Base north-west of Tokyo.
Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) will conduct bilateral combat training with the Indian Air Force (IAF).
The aim of the exercise is to promote mutual understanding and strengthen defence cooperation between the Air Forces.
The IAF will field its Russian-origin Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft from a squadron under the Western Air Command.
150 IAF crew will fly in IAF's C-17 transport aircraft.
On their journey from India to Japan, the fighter jets will be refuelled mid-air using IL-78 aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
Japan will deploy its F-2 jets which are derivatives of America's F-16 aircraft.
It will also launch the F-15, which is also used by America.
Other defence exercises between India and Japan
SHINYUU Maitri (Air Force)
Dharma Guardian (Army)
Milan Exercise (Indian Navy)
Malabar exercise (Naval Exercise) - USA, Japan and Australia
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