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First Japan-India military exercise kicks off

Involved the two air forces at a training scenario north of Tokyo

The first joint exercise between the Japanese and Indian air forces is underway. The training scenario is located in Ibaraki Prefecture, located northeast of the capital Tokyo. The maneuvers in the skies will simulate combat actions which will continue, as scheduled, until 26 January 2023.

The operations "arise from the common desire to strengthen cooperation in the military field as a deterrent towards those countries that threaten stability and peace in the Indo-Pacific region", reported in a statement the Japanese defense ministry led by Yasukazu Hamada

India is the fifth country with which Japan conducts joint military exercises (the United States, Australia, Great Britain and Germany). Among the ranks of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force are involved 4 Mitsubishi F-2 fighters and 4 Boeing F-15 Eagle aircraft; while for the Indian Air Force are participating 4 Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters, as well as 2 Boeing C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft and an Ilyushin IL-78 aerial refuelling aircraft.

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