MILITARY TIES BETWEEN INDIA AND SOUTH KOREA
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A military logistics agreement between India and South Korea concluded.
- 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:
- India and South Korea concluded a military logistics agreement to extend logistical support to each other’s Navies.
- India will be able to get assured logistic support when it operates in the Indo-Pacific in the ports of South Korea.
- A MoU was signed to further Defence educational exchanges.
- The two countries also formulated a forward-looking road map to take bilateral Defence industry cooperation to the next level.
- It includes proposed areas of cooperation in land, aero and naval systems, R&D cooperation and collaboration in testing, certification and quality assurance.
- 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).
- 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.
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