Dharma Guardian.

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 Armies of India and Japan conducted their first-ever joint military exercise- Dharma Guardian-2018 -in Mizoram’s Vairengte.

  • The Japanese contingent is represented by 32nd Infantry Battalion, while the Indian side by 6/1 Gorkha Rifles.
  • The exercise will focus on enhancing tactical skills against global terrorism and increasing interoperability between the two forces.
  • Both the armies will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well-developed tactical drills for neutralization of likely threats that may be encountered in an urban warfare scenario.

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Significance :

  • The exercise will contribute immensely in developing mutual understanding and respect for each other’s military.
  • This exercise will help in deepening the military relations between the two countries.
  • It will help to fight the global menace of terrorism and will shift the focus once again to:
    • The Indo-Pacific region.
    • China’s growing military footprint.
    • The implications of the so-called ‘Quad’, an informal quadrilateral security arrangement involving the US, Japan, India, and Australia.

Other joint exercises between India and Japan are:

  • The Malabar exercise
  • Passage Exercises (PASSEX)
  • The first counter-terrorism exercise between the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) and the Indian Army.
  • Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF) participation as observer in Cope India.
  • From October 7 to 15, India and Japan held the third edition of the Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) in Visakhapatnam, in southern India.
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