The fourth edition of the India-Japan joint military exercise ‘Dharma Guardian’ will commence on Friday at Camp Imazu in the Shiga province of Japan.
This annual exercise will bolster bilateral relations between India and Japan and enhance the level of defence cooperation between the two forces.
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) will be participating in the exercise this year, the defence ministry informed.
Both the Indian and Japanese forces will be enhancing interoperability in planning and execution through the exercise which covers platoon-level joint training on operations in jungle and semi-urban/urban terrain.
The ministry further noted, “The participants are scheduled to engage in a variety of missions ranging from joint planning, joint tactical drills, basics of establishing integrated surveillance grids, including employment of aerial assets. The joint exercise will facilitate both armies to know each other better, share their wide experiences and enhance their situational awareness.”
The fourth edition of Dharma Guardian will culminate on March 2.