16 January 2023

Japan-India Defense Relations Enter New Phase with First Joint Fighter Drills

  • QNA_INDIA-JAPAN_16-01-2023

Tokyo, January 16 (QNA) - The Japanese Defense Ministry announced Monday that Japan and India have kicked off their first-ever joint fighter jet drill near Tokyo, in their latest effort to bolster defense ties as they face China's growing military power in the Indo-Pacific region.
Four F-2 and four F-15 fighters from Japan's Air Self-Defense Force are expected to join the 11-day air combat training through Jan. 26 around Hyakuri Air Base in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, according to the ministry. From the Indian Air Force, four Su-30MKI fighters, two C-17 transport aircraft and an IL-78 aerial refueling tanker are taking part, the ministry said, according to Japan's Kyodo News Agency.
The exercise had been postponed owing to the coronavirus pandemic that began in early 2020, after it was first agreed between the foreign and defense ministers of the two countries at their inaugural "two-plus-two" security meeting in New Delhi in November 2019.
India is the fifth country with which Japan has hosted such a bilateral exercise after the United States, Australia, Britain and Germany, according to the Japanese Defense Ministry.
Japan and India form part of a four-way security framework known as the Quad, which also involves the United States and Australia. The grouping is seen as a counterweight to China in the region. (QNA)


General, Asian countries, Japan
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