GS Paper - 3 (Defence Technology)

The fifth edition of the India-Japan Maritime Bilateral Exercise (JIMEX) begins in the Arabian Sea on 6-8 October 2021. JIMEX-21 aims to develop a common understanding of operational procedures and enhance inter-operability through the conduct of a multitude of advanced exercises, across the entire spectrum of maritime operations.


  1. Multi-faceted tactical exercises involving weapon firings, cross-deck helicopter operations and complex surface, anti-submarine and air warfare drills will consolidate coordination developed by the two navies.
  2. Indigenously built guided missile stealth destroyer 'Kochi' and guided-missile frigate 'Teg', under the command of Rear Admiral Ajay Kochhar, who is the flag officer commanding the western fleet will represent the Indian Navy.
  3. Naval cooperation between India and Japan has increased in scope and complexity over years.
  4. JIMEX-21 will further enhance the cooperation and mutual confidence between the two navies and fortify the long-standing bond of friendship between the two countries.
  5. The JIMEX series of exercises were commenced in January 2012 with a special focus on maritime security cooperation. The last edition of JIMEX was conducted in September 2020.