India-Japan joint military exercise ‘Dharma Guardian’ from Oct 19

Published: Oct 12, 2019, 12:44 pm IST
India-Japan joint military exercise 'Dharma Guardian' from Oct 19

The joint military exercise between India and Japan ‘Dharma Guardian-2019’ will be conducted at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte in Mizoram from October 19 to November 2, the Ministry of Defence said on Saturday.

“Indian Army and Japanese Ground Self Defence Forces (JGSDF) comprising 25 soldiers each will participate in the exercise with an aim to share experience gained during various Counter Terrorism Operations in respective Countries”, the ministry said in a statement.

This joint military exercise is an annual training event which is being conducted in India since 2018. The series of military training exercises undertaken by India with various countries, Dharma Guardian exercise with Japan is crucial and significant in terms of security challenges faced by both the nations in the backdrop of global terrorism, the ministry said.

The scope of this exercise covers platoon level joint training on counter terrorism operations in jungle and urban scenario.

The joint military exercise will enhance the level of defence co-operation between Indian Army and Japanese Ground Self Defence Forces (JGSDF) which in turn will further foster the bilateral relations between the two nations, the statement read. (UNI)