India and Japan to host “Veer Guardian- 2023”, aims to promote air defence cooperation 

India and Japan are on the path to promoting air defence cooperation and will hold a joint air exercise, "Veer Guardian- 2023."

 India and Japan to host
 India and Japan to host "Veer Guardian- 2023", aims to promote air defence cooperation 

India: India and Japan are on the path to promoting air defence cooperation and will hold a joint air exercise, “Veer Guardian- 2023.” The exercise will include the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Japan Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) at Hyakuri Air Base, Japan. 

It will be started on January 12, 2023, and run till January 26, 2023. The Indian contingent will participate with four Su-30 MKI, two C-17S and one IL-78 aircraft. On the other hand, the Japan Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF) will participate with four F-2 and four F-15 aircraft.

“An IAF contingent will depart tomorrow for Hyakuri Air Base, Japan, for the maiden Exercise Veer Guardian 2023 to be held with Japan Air Self Defence Force from 12 to January 26, 2023, IAF will participate with four Su-30 MKI, two C-17 Globemasters and an IL-78 tanker,” Indian Air Force tweeted.

The exercise came after one month of the multilateral exercise Malabar between India, the United States, Japan and Australia was conducted from November 08 – 15 at Yokosuka, Japan.

Earlier, around six Indian ships participated in the bilateral exercise JIMEX 22. The Indian ships will include one submarine with P8I, Mig-29K and Dornier aircraft and Japan Maritime Defence Force (JMSDF) ships Izumo and Takanami near Visakhapatnam.

Earlier, the Director General of the Indian Coast Guard visited Tokyo, Japan, in the same month. The visit was held for the 20th edition of the High-Level Meeting between the Indian Coast Guard and the Japanese Coast Guard.

As per the Defence Ministry, joint exercises are conducted in both countries with the aim of establishing a collaborative relationship. The relationship will further help to combat crimes at sea and the development of regional cooperation

“This exercise will thus be another step in the deepening strategic ties and closer defence cooperation between the two countries,” the IAF said. Japan also hosted India, the US, and Australia in the multilateral exercise Malabar in November last year.