• Tue. Jun 18th, 2024


The fifth joint military exercise between Indian Army and Japan Ground Self Defence Force named ‘DHARMA GUARDIAN’ was successfully validated at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges on 08 March 2024.

The joint exercise aimed to achieve interoperability between the two forces and acquaint each other with operational procedures and combat drills under UN mandate. The Indian contingent of RAJPUTANA RIFLES battalion and the Japanese contingent comprising of 40 soldiers each participated in the joint exercise.

The primary aim of the exercise was to foster military co- operation and enhance combined capabilities to execute joint operations in semi-urban environments under the United Nations mandate. Conducted in two phases, the exercise initially focused on combat conditioning and tactical training, successfully accomplished by both contingents. The acquired skills were then applied in the second phase, featuring a validation exercise. Joint activities encompassed establishing Temporary Operating Bases, creating an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) grid, setting up Mobile Vehicle Check Posts, executing Cordon and Search Operations in a hostile village, Heliborne Operations, and conducting house intervention drills. The exercise also showcased and actively employed new-generation equipment by both armies.

The Closing Ceremony of the joint exercise was held post the culmination of the Validation Exercise wherein outstanding soldiers were felicitated and both contingents reflected upon the valuable lessons learnt.


A weapon and equipment display and an Industrial Demonstration showcasing “Atmanirbhar Bharat” and “Make in India “was also organized on the occasion which showcased the ever growing Industrial Capability of the Nation.

Marking a significant milestone in bilateral relationships, the joint training was an undeniable success, promoting understanding, interoperability and strengthening ties between the two nations.

Source: Col Amitabh Sharma, PRO (Defence), Jaipur

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