Exercise Veer Guardian:
The inaugural edition of the bilateral air exercise ‘Veer Guardian 2023’ between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Japan Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) concluded recently in Japan.
- This is Indo-Japan’s maiden bilateral air exercise.
- The IAF contingent participated in the exercise with the Su-30 MKI aircraft complemented by one IL-78 Flight Refuelling Aircraft and two C-17 Globemaster strategic airlift transport aircrafts.
- The other exercises that India conducts with Japan include Dharma Guardian (Military), JIMEX (naval), SHINYUU Maitri (air force) and Malabar (along with Australia and the US).
- It was also the first time when an IAF woman fighter pilot was a part of the Indian contingent for aerial wargames in a foreign land.