Britain strengthens defence partnership with India
The UK and India have revealed plans to strengthen their defence partnership, which covers defence industry cooperation, military to military engagement, training, and advanced joint exercises.
During a meeting held between UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and his Indian counterpart Arun Jaitley, the countries agreed to develop their alliance on naval and maritime interactions, including enhanced Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA), and exchange information to track terrorist and pirate vessels.
In addition, the countries aim to enhance cooperation between the UK Hydrographic Office and the Indian Navy Hydrographic Office.
India and the UK will focus on specialised training interactions and exchange of best practices in counter-terrorism (CT), counter improvised explosive devices (CIED), air force training, aircraft carrier operations, maritime safety, shipbuilding and UN Peacekeeping.
As part of the renewed partnership, both nations will develop defence solutions for use in both local and shared export markets.
India's Bharat Dynamics and Thales UK have recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on technology transfer opportunities for missile systems.
BAE Systems and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have already partnered to co-develop an advanced Hawk jet trainer.
The defence ministers will continue to coordinate policies across a range of global security challenges, especially those intended to eliminate the threat of international terrorism, the UK Ministry of Defence stated.
The two countries will attempt to find a secure communications method in order to share classified material, as well as consider upgrading their bilateral general security arrangement.