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Military ties

MILITARY TIES BETWEEN INDIA AND SOUTH KOREA

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A military logistics agreement between India and South Korea concluded.

Key data’s:

  • The agreement was signed during the ongoing visit of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Seoul. 
  • Defence Minister Rajnath in his three-day visit, to South Korea with an aim to intensify bilateral Defence and security relations.
  • Both the countries were also formulated a forward-looking road map to take bilateral Defence industry cooperation to the next level.
  • The forum was jointly organized by the Embassy of Indian and Department, Defence production, Ministry of Defence.
  • The proposition was made with an aim to reduce the country’s import bill.
  • The ministries noted that, the Defence co-operation lies at the heart of the special strategic partnership between India and ROK. They discussed the ongoing co-operation at service to service level and prospects for enhanced co-operation between India and Korean Defence industries.
  • India is developing strong military hardware cooperation with South Korea as the Indian Army has already inducted the K-9 (Vajra self-propelled howitzers built in partnership with the Indian Firm Larsen and Toubro.

Key highlights of the visit: 

  1. India and South Korea concluded a military logistics agreement to extend logistical support to each other’s Navies.
  2. India will be able to get assured logistic support when it operates in the Indo-Pacific in the ports of South Korea.
  3. A MoU was signed to further Defence educational exchanges.
  4. The two countries also formulated a forward-looking road map to take bilateral Defence industry cooperation to the next level
  5. It includes proposed areas of cooperation in land, aero and naval systems, R&D cooperation and collaboration in testing, certification and quality assurance.
  6. Ranjith Singh also invited the South Korean industry to explore the feasibility of local production of items, used in main weapon systems imported by Defence public sector undertakings (PSUs).
  7. He stressed that South Korea’s ‘New Southern Policy’ and India’s ‘Act East Policy’ will provide a strong framework for future engagement and consolidation of Special Strategic Partnership between the two countries.

 

Links to note:

https://www.iasipstnpsc.in/investors/

https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/india-s-korea-ink-2-mous-to-boost-defence-cooperation20190906101508/

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-south-korea-seal-logistics-pact/article29354781.ece

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