India-Japan will conduct the first bilateral air combat exercise “Veer Guardian 23” in 2023.

  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) are set to conduct their first bilateral air exercise, “Veer Guardian 23” at Hyakuri Airport and Iruma Airport in Japan from 16 to 26 January.
  • The IAF is fielding four Su-30MKI fighters from No. 220 squadron under the Western Air Command and one IL-78 mid-air refueller, along with a contingent of around 150 personnel who will be transported by two C-17 transport aircraft.
  • The JASDF would be fielding four F-15s and four F-2 fighter jets for the exercise.
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