Focus: GS III: Security Challenges
Why in News?
The 4th edition of joint military exercise, “EX DHARMA GUARDIAN”, between India and Japan is being conducted at Camp Imazu in Shiga province, Japan from 17 February to 02 March 2023.
About EX DHARMA GUARDIAN:
- The joint training event is an annual exercise, and it is significant for both countries in terms of security challenges they are currently facing.
- 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) are participating in the exercise this year.
- The scope of the exercise includes platoon level joint training on operations in jungle and semi-urban/urban terrain.
- The main objective of the exercise is to share experiences gained during operations and to enhance inter-operability in planning & execution.
- The joint exercise will enable both armies to share best practices in tactics, techniques, and procedures of conducting tactical operations under a UN mandate, in addition to developing inter-operability, bonhomie, camaraderie, and friendship between the two armies.
- During the exercise, participants will engage in a variety of missions ranging from joint planning to joint tactical drills, and basics of establishing integrated surveillance grids, including employment of aerial assets.
- The joint exercise will further enhance the level of defence co-operation between the Indian Army and Japanese Ground Self Defence Forces, which will strengthen the bilateral relations between the two nations.