IAF And JASDF Participate In “Veer Guardian-2023” As Their Defence Ties Grow
- The goal of Exercise Veer Guardian-2023 is to give the two air forces a chance to talk with experts about different operational issues and share best practises.
- The JASDF put in a deflector (rectifier plate) for the engine test run of India's Su-30 MKI at the Hyakuri Air Base.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) are taking part in a joint air exercise called “Veer Guardian-2023” to work together and get along better on air defence.
The exercise, which started at Japan’s Hyakuri Air Base on January 12, 2023, includes one IL-78, two C-17, and four Su-30 MKI planes from India, as well as four F-15 and four Mitsubishi F-2 fighter jets from the JASDF. The whole thing will come to an end on January 26.
The exercise is important because it comes after the second 2+2 Foreign and Defense Ministerial meeting, which took place in Tokyo on September 8, 2022.
After the meeting, India and Japan agreed to work together more on defence issues and do more military exercises together. Also, the first fighter jet drills between the two countries show that they are working together more on defence and security.
Ex Veer Guardian-2023: Training regimen
During the first exercise, the Air Forces of the two countries took part in a number of air combat drills. These drills took place in complex environments during multi-domain air combat missions.
The Veers who Guard the skies over Japan & India gaining familiarity with each other & their steeds. @JASDF_PAO_ENG @JASDF_PAO @jasdf_hyakuri pic.twitter.com/k9dH68lQfO
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) January 22, 2023
The goal of Exercise Veer Guardian-2023 is to give the two air forces a chance to talk with experts about different operational issues and share best practises.
As part of the exercise, crew rescue training took place on January 11. Participants in the exercise practised how to open the canopy of a fighter plane in an emergency and how to get the pilot’s equipment out of the way.
As per a press release by the Indian Ministry of Defense, the exercise is set to fortify “the long-standing bond of friendship and enhance the avenues of defence cooperation between the two Air Forces.”
On Tuesday, the Chief of Staff of the JASDF, General Shunji Izutsu, and the AOC-in-C of the Western Air Command, Air Marshal PM Sinha, talked to the people taking part in the exercise and praised their professionalism.
Also, Air Marshal Sinha knew about the F2 “Viper Zero” fighter from Japan, and Gen Izutsu knew about the Su-30 MKI from the Indian Air Force.
As part of the joint air exercise, pilots from both countries switched cockpits so they could learn how to fly fighters from the other country. The exercise also includes programmes for cultural exchange between the two nations whose troops are taking part.
The JASDF put in a deflector (rectifier plate) for the engine test run of India’s Su-30 MKI at the Hyakuri Air Base. This shows that relations between the two countries are getting better.