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Defence Cooperation

Defence and security relations between India and Japan have evolved steadily over the years and now constitute a 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, 2 plus 2 meetings, Defence Policy Dialogue at the level of Defence Secretary and Vice-Ministerial level, Service to Service level Staff Talks, subscription to Training courses by Services, professional exchanges and visits between the Services and Cadet exchange programmes; in addition to participation in numerous multilateral seminars/ forums.

Joint Exercises

India and Japan have a high frequency of Indian Navy-to-JMSDF exercises with the Trilateral Malabar Exercise being the most significant engagement. Malabar 2018 was conducted off Guam in June 2018 and witnessed significant participation from all the participants. The bilateral maritime exercise JIMEX-18 was held off Visakhapatnam in October 2018, after an interlude of 5 years with the participation of Japan’s helicopter destroyer Kaga. PASSEXs are regularly conducted during the visit of Indian Naval ships and JMSDF ships to each other’s ports in India and Japan. The first Air anti-submarine (ASW) exercise between Indian Navy P-8I and JMSDF P-3C was held off Goa in October 2017, during the return transit of the JMSDF aircraft deployed to the Gulf of Aden for anti-piracy operations. This was followed by an Air ASW exercise between JMSDF P-1 and Indian Navy P-8I in May 2018 off Goa. India and Japan will conducted the first Counter Terrorism exercise between the JGSDF and the Indian Army ‘Dharma Guardian’ in November 2018. The first ever JASDF- IAF bilateral air exercise Shinyuu Maitri-18 with the theme of joint Mobility/ HADR on transport aircraft was held in India in December 2018.