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India-Japan Joint Military Excercise ‘Dharam Guardian’ Kick Starts in Rajasthan

The 5th Edition of The Joint Military Excercise Between India and Japan Commences at Mahajan Field Firing Range in Rajasthan.

The exercise is set to take place from February 25th to March 9th, 2024.

Known as ‘DHARMA GUARDIAN,’ this annual exercise alternates between India and Japan. Each side’s contingent consists of 40 personnel. The 34th Infantry Regiment represents Japan, while the Indian Army contingent hails from the Rajputana Rifles Battalion.

The primary objective of the exercise is to strengthen military cooperation and improve joint operational capabilities in semi-urban environments under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter. Emphasis will be placed on physical fitness, joint planning, tactical drills, and fundamental special arms skills.

Indian Soldiers Greeting their Japanese Counterparts before the Commencement of the Excercise. ‘Dharam Guardian’ works towards building India-Japan relations stronger. (Image: PIB)

Tactical exercises during the event will cover various scenarios, including establishing Temporary Operating Bases, creating Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Grids, setting up Mobile Vehicle checkposts, conducting Cordon and Search Operations, Heliborne operations, and House Intervention Drills. A Weapon and Equipment Display will also showcase India’s ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative and its expanding defense industrial capability.

Lieutenant General TOGASHI Yuichi, Commanding General of the Eastern Army, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, is slated to visit India during “Exercise DHARMA GUARDIAN.” He will observe Combat Shooting demonstrations, Special Heliborne Operations (SHBO), and House Intervention Drills at the Mahajan Field Firing Ranges on March 3rd, 2024.

The exercise aims to facilitate the exchange of best practices in tactical operations and enhance interoperability, camaraderie, and mutual understanding between the troops of both nations. This will strengthen defense cooperation and bolster bilateral relations between India and Japan.

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