Defence Cooperation Defence Cooperation

Defence Cooperation

 
Defense Cooperation
 
India-Japan Defense and Security partnership forms an integral pillar of bilateral ties. India-Japan defense exchanges have gained strength in recent years due to growing convergence on strategic matters and its significance is growing from the common outlook on issues of peace, security and stability of the Indo-Pacific Region. A Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation (JDSC) between India and Japan was signed in 2008, a Memorandum of Defence Cooperation and Exchanges was signed in 2014, Agreement concerning Transfer of Defence Equipment & Technology Cooperation and Agreement concerning Security Measures for Protection of Classified Military information were signed in 2015, and Implementing Arrangement for Deeper Cooperation between Indian Navy and JMSDF as signed in 2018. Recently, the Agreement Concerning Reciprocal Provision of Supplies and Services between the Self-Defense Forces of Japan and the Indian Armed Forces RPSS) was signed on 9 September 2020 and came into force on 11 Jul 2021.

 

2. Defense Ministerial Meeting and other high level exchanges: The last Defense Ministerial Meeting was held in September 2019 in Tokyo. The Chief of Army Staff, Indian Army visited Japan in 2015 and following this, the Chief of JMSDF visited India in February 2016. Admiral KAWANO Katsutoshi, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff visited India in January 2018 to attend the 3rd Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi. He also visited India in March 2018 on an official visit on the invitation from the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee. Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff held a goodwill visit to Japan in December 2018. Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff visited Japan on an official visit in December 2019. A 6-member delegation led by Adm OKUSHIMA Takahiro, Commandant Japan Coast Guard visited India for the 19th ICG-JCG High Level Meeting held at New Delhi on 14 January 2020 and also witnessed the joint exercises off Chennai held on 16 Jan 2020.Gen YAMAZAKI Koji, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff visited India from 14 to 17 January 2020 to participate in Raisina Dialogue-2020. Adm YAMAMURA Hiroshi, Chief of Staff, MSDF visited India on an official visit from 10-12 Feb 2020. A 6-member delegation led by Adm OKUSHIMA Takahiro, Commandant Japan Coast Guard visited India for the 19th ICG-JCG High Level Meeting held at New Delhi on 14 January 2020 and also witnessed the joint exercises off Chennai held on 16 Jan 2020. Gen SHUNJI Izutsu, COS, JASDF visited India on an official visit from 09-10 December 2020.

3. Services Exchanges: The Tri-Service Exchanges between Japan and India have been institutionalized completing the triad. The 8th Navy-to-Navy Staff Talks were held in Tokyo from 9-11 July 2019. The 5th Army-to-Army Staff Talks were held in New Delhi from 7-9 February 2019. The 4th Air Force-to-Air Force staff talks was held by VTC on 02 and 05 November 2020. In addition, a large number of Subject Matter Expert Exchanges have been taking place regularly between all three services in consonance with discussion at the respective staff talks. Bilateral air exercise ‘Shinyuu Maitri-18’ was held between Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) and Indian Air Force in December 2018 at AF Station Agra. The bilateral exercise between Indian Air Force and JASDF ‘Shinyuu Maitri-2019’ was conducted at Air Force Station Panagarh, West Bengal from 17-23 October 2019. Under cooperation between Navy, MINEX/EODEX and PASSEX exercises are held regularly. Bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and JMSDF (JIMEX 2021) was conducted in the Arabian Sea from 06 – 08 Oct 2021. Exercise Malabar with participation od navies from Australia, India, Japan and US was conducted in two phases. Phase One of the 25th edition was conducted in Guam and vicinity of Guam and Philippines Sea from 23 Aug to 10 Sep 2021. The second phase of the exercise was conducted from 12 to 15 Oct 2021 in the Bay of Bengal In addition, exchanges between Coast Guards are also held regularly.

4. Defense Equipment and Technology Cooperation (DETC): A decision to establish a Joint Working Group (JWG) on DETC was taken in 2014. Five meetings have been held so far in March 2015, August 2016, September 2017, July 2018 and February 2020. The 2nd India-Japan Defence Business Forum was held on the side-lines of Aero India-2019 at Bengaluru on 23 February 2019.


8th March, 2022


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