New Delhi: The third edition of the joint military exercise ‘Dharma Guardian‘ between the Indian Army and Japanese Ground Self Defence Forces (JGSDF) concluded today at Belagavi, Karnataka. The military exercise that continued from 27 February to 10 March 2022 was aimed at enhancing inter-operability and fostering mutual understanding between the two Armies.
The Combat experienced troops of the Maratha Light Infantry Regiment of the Indian Army and 30th Infantry Regiment of JGSDF participated in the exercise this year.
The two sides together carried out a mock drill during the joint military exercise at Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre in Belagavi, Karnataka. The joint drill focused on operations in Jungle & Semi-Urban/Urban terrains. It also covered platoon-level joint training on operations in the jungle and semi-urban and urban terrain.
The 12-day-long exercise schedule included house interventions drills, raid on terrorist hideouts in semi-urban terrain, combat first aid, unarmed combat and close quarter combat firing where both sides will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well-developed tactical drills for neutralisation of likely threats.
Exercise ‘Dharma Guardian 2022’ is an annual military training exercise being conducted in India since 2018. India and Japan along with the U.S. and Australia are part of the Quad group that has been formed to keep the critical sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free from any malignant influence of China.
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