Dharma Guardian 2022

At Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre in Belagavi, Karnataka, the army contingents of India and Japan together carried out mock drills during the joint military exercise ‘Dharma Guardian 2022’.


  • This annual military exercise between the armies of India and Japan commenced on 27th February and will continue till 10th March 2022.
  • Dharma Guardian is an annual military exercise that is being conducted in India since 2018.
  • Platoon level joint training on operations in semi-urban or urban terrain and the jungle is covered in this exercise.
  • Under this exercise special emphasis is given to enhancing the tactical skills required to fight global terrorism. It also looks to enhance inter-operability between both armies and to promote Army to Army relations.


In this 12 day long joint exercise, the Indian Army’s 15th Battalion the Maratha Light Infantry Regiment and the 30th Infantry Regiment of Japanese Ground Self Defence Forces (JGSDF) are participating.

What does this exercise include?

This joint exercise includes raids on terrorist hideouts in semi-urban terrain, house interventions drills, unarmed combat & close quarter combat firing where both sides will jointly train, combat first aid, execution and planning of well-developed tactical drills for neutralization of likely threats.

Other Joint Exercises with Japan


This is a bilateral exercise conducted between the Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) and the Indian Air Force.


It is a bilateral maritime exercise held between Japan and India.


A joint bilateral exercise between the Japan Coast Guard and the Indian Coast Guard.



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