Defence Cooperation
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Defence Cooperation

 

Defence and Security relations between India and Japan evolved steadily over the years and now constitutes strong pillar of the India-Japan strategic partnership. There has been an increasing frequency of defence exchanges along the entire spectrum such as annual reciprocal visits between the Defence Ministers, newly established 2 plus 2 dialogue. Service-to-Service level Staff Talks, subscription to Training courses by Services, professional exchanges and visits between the Service and Cadet exchange programmes: in addition in numerous multilateral seminars/forums

 

Joint Exercises: India and Japan have a high frequency of Indian Navy to Japan Marine Self Defece Force (JMSDF) exercises with the Trilateral Malabar Exercise being the most significant engagement. Malabar 2019 was conducted off Western Kyushu in the Sea of Japan in September 2019. This year Malabar was also significant as for the first time Indian Navy P8I aircraft was deployed to Japan to participate in the exercise. PASSEXs are regularly conducted during the visit of Indian Naval ships and JMSDF ships to each other’s port in Indian and Japan. Two JMSDF P-3C, returning from Djibouti after anti- piracy operations routed through Goa and carried out Air ASW exercises with Indian Navy P-8I and crew in April 2019. Indian Navy ships also visited Yokosuka Port in October 2019. The ships visit to Yokosuka was planned for JMSDF Fleet Review which was scheduled to be held on 14 October 2019. However due the impact of Super Typhoon ‘Hagibis’, which made land fall on 12 October 2019, JMSDF Fleet Review was cancelled at the last moment. Indian Coast Guard ship visited Japan in January 2019 for bilateral exercise with Japan Coast Guard. The bilateral exercise between Indian Air Force (IAF) and Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) ‘Shinyuu Maitri-2019’ was conducted in October 2019.The bilateral exercise between Indian Army (IA) and Japan Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF), ‘Dharma Guardian’ was conducted from October to November 2019.

December 2019