India, Japan to hold military exercise Dharma Guardian in November


Indian and Japanese Armies are set to begin their joint military exercise in India early next month. Two weeks long exercise called ‘DHARMA GUARDIAN-2018’ (Guardians of Righteous Conduct) will begin at the Counter Insurgency Warfare School, in Vairengte, India on November 1.

Indian contingent will be represented by 6/1 Gorkha Rifles while the Japanese contingent will be represented by 32 Infantry Regiment of the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force.

Emphasis will be laid on increasing interoperability between the forces of both the countries.

Nirmala Sitharaman held delegation level talks with with her Japanese counterpart.

Both sides will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well developed tactical drills for neutralisation of likely threats that may be encountered in urban warfare scenario.

Experts from both sides will also hold detailed discussions to share their expertise on varied operational aspects.

“The exercise will be yet another step in deepening strategic ties including closer defence cooperation between the two countries,” said Indian Army.

It said that the two weeks long joint military drill between Indian and Japanese armies will contribute immensely in developing mutual understanding and respect for each other and also facilitate  tracking the worldwide phenomenon of  terrorism.

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