Veer Guardian 2023: key points
- Veer Guardian 2023 will be a 15-day bilateral exercise
- Veer Guardian 2023 will take place at Hyakuri Air Base, Japan.
- This exercise will be carried out for the first time in which the Indian Air Force and the Japanese Air Self-Defense Forces will be together.
- An Indian Air Force fighter pilot has been part of an Indian aerial wargaming group in a foreign location for the first time.
Ex. Veer Guardian 🇮🇳🤝🇯🇵
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January 13, 2023
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To strengthen air defense cooperation, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) are executing their first joint venture in air exercises in Japan, known as Veer Guardian 2023.
After the 2+2 dialogue, this joint exercise was scheduled. The Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense of the two countries participated in it, where the two nations observed “the substantial expansion of security and defense cooperation between Japan and India.”
Both nations agreed to continue carrying out bilateral and multilateral exercises at multiple levels. This exercise also has the objective of the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, free of any type of conflict spread by India and Japan on multiple occasions.
India and Japan will hold the joint air exercise ‘Veer Guardian-2023’ at Hyakuri Air Base, Japan from January 12 to 26. The participating Indian contingent will include four Su-30 MKI aircraft, two C-17 and one IL-78, while the JASDF will participate with four F-2 and four F-15 aircraft. pic.twitter.com/EY8GMwhKjf
– Sidhant Sibal (@sidhant)
January 7, 2023
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Has it happened before?
No, it hasn’t happened before; in fact, it is the first exercise of its kind between the two nations.
Starting January 12, the exercise will end shockingly with impressive results on January 26, Republic Day of India.
The air warriors embarked on their journey to Japan on January 8. While walking to Hyakuri Air Base, Japan, they also visited an air base of the Philippine Air Force.
Sibi George, India’s Ambassador-designate to Japan, was warmly welcomed by the IAF contingent along with Major General Ishimura Takahisa as they arrived at Hyakuri Air Base in Ibaraki Prefecture.
The exercise will be led by a woman warrior
- Avni Chaturvedi, the leader of the Sukhoi-30MKI squadron, will lead the Indian side.
- A fighter pilot commands an Indian fighter squadron for the first time in a bilateral exercise with a foreign partner.
- The Indian contingent will be further glorified by four Su-30 MKI aircraft, two C-17 and one IL-78.
- Four F-2s, a Japanese development of the American-built F-16 fighter, and four F-15 aircraft will represent the Japanese side.
Veer Guardian 2023: Exercises
Indo Japan Aerial Exercises: Former Veer Guardian https://t.co/8484j72tfh pic.twitter.com/FdGdNqV4jM
– Sidhant Sibal (@sidhant)
January 7, 2023
- To enable air warriors to exchange best practices, both nations plan to participate in various air combat exercises, including multi-domain air combat missions in a complex environment.
- In addition, experts will participate in the debate to share their knowledge on various operational aspects of both parties.
Veer Guardian 2023: Benefits
- Veer Guardian will prove to be another step towards deeper strategic connections and closer defense collaboration between India and Japan according to the Ministry of Defence.
- They also added that it will reflect the strengthening of security cooperation between the two countries.
- It is believed that this joint exercise will strengthen the long-standing friendship between the two Air Forces.
India-Japan defense relationship
Ambassador @ambsibigeorge welcomes the IAF contingent along with Major General Ishimura Takahisa at Hyakuri Air Base in Ibaraki Prefecture. The inaugural edition of the joint fighter aircraft exercise Veer Guardian 2023 will be held with the JASDF from 12 to 26 January 2023.1/2 pic.twitter.com/AaVG48TFqh
— India in Japanインド大使館 (@IndianEmbTokyo)
January 10, 2023
“Both contingents not only shared their expertise on contemporary issues of counter-terrorism operations, but also took this opportunity to share their experiences on the exploitation of disruptive technologies such as drones and anti-drone weapons.” according to a statement issued by the Indian Ministry of Defense.
- The number of annual exercises in which its military forces participate has been expanded, as have its political and security debates.
- This aerial exercise will be carried out in conjunction with other bilateral exercises.
- The Dharma Guardian-2022 exercise was held between the two armies at the Foreign Training Node in Belgaum, India.
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