Exercise ‘Veer Guardian-2023’

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    • India and Japan will hold their first bilateral air exercise from January 12 to 26, in reflection of the growing defence ties amid increasing concerns over China’s military muscle-flexing in the Indo-Pacific region.

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    • The exercise ‘Veer Guardian-2023’ involving the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Japan Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) will be held at Japan’s Hyakuri air base.
      • The IAF deployment at the exercise will include four Su-30 MKI jets, two C-17 aircraft and one IL-78 plane. 
      • The JASDF will be participating with four F-2 and four F-15 aircraft.
    • Features: 
      • The joint exercise will also include multi-domain air combat missions in a complex environment allowing the air warriors to exchange their best practices. Additionally, experts from both sides will also hold discussions to share their expertise on varied operational aspects.
    • Relevance 
      • It will promote Air Defence cooperation between India and Japan.
      • It will fortify the long-standing bond of friendship and enhance the avenues of defence cooperation between the two air forces.

    Source: Air