Japan, India To Stage First Joint Drills

Japan, India to stage first joint drills

Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force and India's army are set to stage their first joint exercises.

GSDF officials say about 30 personnel from each side will train at a facility in India from October 27th to November 18th.

They are to focus on counterterrorism operations, handling improvised bombs and rescuing hostages.

The drills are based on the outcome of a Japan-India summit held in September last year.

They're apparently aimed at highlighting the 2 countries' cooperation in light of China's aggressive maritime activity.

GSDF units are getting more opportunities to train with troops from countries other than the United States, a longtime security partner.

The force held its first drills with the British army in Japan early this month.