India And UK agree on technology collaboration for combat aircraft

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his UK counterpart Boris Johnson in a virtual summit.(PTI)

In a major move, India and the UK on Tuesday vowed to expand bilateral defence cooperation, including through technology collaboration in developing combat aircraft and complex weapons, during a virtual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson.

A 10-year roadmap unveiled at the summit for boosting overall India-UK ties mentioned that the two countries will strengthen cooperation to take “decisive and concerted actions” against globally proscribed terrorists and terror entities.

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In the talks, the two sides also agreed to increase maritime co-operation while India invited the UK’s liaison officer to the Indian Navy’s information fusion centre, a key facility that keeps a hawk-eyed vigil on developments and movement of ships in the Indian Ocean region.

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A 10-year roadmap unveiled at the summit for boosting overall India-UK ties mentioned broadening dialogue on “combat air collaboration to determine how the UK can support India’s ambitions for their light combat air MK2 programme”.

“Both prime ministers agreed to deepen their defence and security cooperation through the India-UK defence and international security partnership framework and welcomed the finalisation of the new logistics MoU,” said a joint statement on Modi-Johnson talks.

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