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The Indo-Japan “Dharma Guardian” Military Exercise Begins

The 5th edition of the Joint Military Exercise ‘Dharma Guardian’ commenced today at the Mahajan Field Firing Ranges in Rajasthan, India. The exercise, scheduled to run from February 25th to March 9th, 2024, brings together the Indian Army and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) for a focused training program aimed at enhancing interoperability and fostering closer military cooperation.

Building Partnerships and Capabilities

Conducted annually and hosted alternately by India and Japan, Dharma Guardian provides a valuable platform for both nations to:

  • Sharpen combined operational skills: The exercise focuses on joint tactical maneuvers in a simulated semi-urban environment, adhering to the principles outlined in Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.
  • Promote interoperability: Through shared training experiences, troops from both sides gain valuable insights into each other’s tactics, techniques, and procedures, fostering seamless collaboration in future endeavors.
  • Strengthen bilateral relations: Dharma Guardian serves as a testament to the growing defense cooperation between India and Japan, contributing to broader strategic partnerships and regional stability.

Exercise Focus and Activities

Dharma Guardian 2024 features a range of activities designed to test and refine the participating troops’ capabilities, including:

  • Establishing temporary operating bases
  • Developing and maintaining intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) grids
  • Conducting mobile vehicle check posts
  • Executing cordon and search operations in simulated hostile environments
  • Practicing heliborne operations and house intervention drills

Witnessing Innovation and Collaboration

Lieutenant General TOGASHI Yuichi, Commanding General of the JGSDF’s Eastern Army, is expected to visit the exercise venue on March 3rd, 2024. During his visit, he will witness demonstrations showcasing:

  • Combat shooting proficiency
  • Special heliborne operations
  • House intervention drills

Additionally, a special Weapon and Equipment Display will be organized, highlighting India’s “Atmanirbhar Bharat” (Self-Reliant India) initiative and the nation’s growing defence industrial capabilities.

Dharma Guardian 2024 signifies the unwavering commitment of India and Japan to fostering a robust and mutually beneficial defense partnership. By fostering shared experiences, refining operational skills, and promoting deeper understanding, the exercise paves the way for continued collaboration in safeguarding regional security and stability.

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