India, Japan to hold 1st bilateral air exercise 'Veer Guardian-2023' from next week

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 'Veer Guardian-2023' from next week

Exercise ‘Veer Guardian 2023’ between the Indian Air Force and the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) will be conducted from January 12 to 26 at Hyakuri air base and Iruma air base in Japan.

An overview of the news

  • The aim of the exercise is to strengthen mutual understanding and defence ties between the two air forces.

  • The Indian contingent will be represented by a contingent of around 150 personnel. India's 1 IL-78 mid-air refuelling and 4 Su-30MKI fighter aircraft will participate in it.

  • 4 F-15s and 4 F-2 fighter jets will be involved in this bilateral exercise from the Japanese side.

Other defence exercises involving India and Japan

  • Dharma Guardian - Held from 27 February to 10 March 2022 at Lagavi (Belgaum, Karnataka).

  • The 6th edition of JIMEX-2022 was organised in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal.

  • Malabar naval exercise - India and Japan, along with the United States and Australia, participate in a naval exercise called Malabar. Its 26th edition was organised in Japan in November 2022.

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