India and UK have agreed on a partnership in the Defence sector, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
The enduring defence partnership will encompass not only cooperation in defence industry but also stronger military to military engagement, including training and advanced joint exercises.
The shared vision will place capability and technology development at its core and seek to harness the complementary strengths of both nations in defence manufacturing for use in both home and shared export markets.
The two countries recognised the potential for further cooperation in defence manufacturing between the UK and Indian companies under the ‘Make in India’ framework.
The Defence partnership will also extend to cooperation in the field of counter-terrorism.
As India and the UK continue to transform and modernise their defence structures, the two countries have also agreed to share relevant experience in this domain.
Significantly, the two countries agreed on measures to ensure life cycle support and sustenance of UK-origin defence platforms used by India, which may include setting up joint ventures and other collaborative arrangements.
The UK Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon who is on a four-day visit to India from April 11-14 held a delegation level talks yesterday.