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India-Japan joint military exercise ‘Dharma Guardian’

  • Category
    International Relations
  • Published
    24th Feb, 2023

Important Bilateral Exercises between India and Japan:

  • Veer Guardian
  • Dharma Guardian
  • Maritime Exercises
    • Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX)
    • Malabar Exercise (India – US – Japan - Australia)
    • Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX)

Context

The fourth edition of the India-Japan joint military exercise ‘Dharma Guardian’ commenced at Camp Imazu in the Shiga province of Japan.

About

  • Participants: Troops of the Garhwal Rifles Regiment of the Indian Army and an Infantry Regiment from the Middle Army of the Japan Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF).
  • Both the Indian and Japanese forces will be enhancing interoperability in planning and execution through the exercise.
  • The exercise covers platoon-level joint training on operations in jungle and semi-urban/urban terrain.
  • The last edition of Exercise Dharma Guardian was held in Belgaum, Karnataka in February, 2022

Significance: 

  • This annual exercise will bolster bilateral relations between India and Japan and enhance the level of defence cooperation between the two forces
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