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India, UK to deepen ties in defence sector

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with UK counterpart Theresa May pose for photographers before their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Monday. A PTI Photo.

NEW DELHI (PTI): India and the UK on Monday agreed to deepen bilateral defence ties, especially when it comes to manufacturing as Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited British companies to invest in the critical sector here.

Discussing the issue with visiting UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Modi said he encourages British companies to look at the multiple opportunities in the Indian defence sector.

"Looking beyond trade in defence equipment, I invite them to build partnerships with Indian enterprises that focus on manufacturing, technology transfer and co-development," he said.

A joint statement later said the two Prime Ministers recognised the potential for cooperation in defence manufacturing between UK and Indian companies in the 'Make in India' framework and agreed to encourage and facilitate such cooperation.

The UK will continue their engagement with the Indian MOD and Indian defence companies to simplify and expedite export controls and to support the transfer of technology to enable projects in areas of mutual interest, it said.

The two leaders also tasked the Defence Consultative Group (DCG) on November 15-16 to advance the bilateral defence cooperation agenda, including the UK's proposals for capability partnerships, through a range of activities including military to military cooperation, training, exchange of subject matter experts, research and technology linkages as well as defence manufacturing.

"Noting that ongoing cooperation between HAL and BAE Systems in manufacturing Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers in India as an example of partnership in defence manufacturing, the Prime Ministers agreed to apply innovative approaches to jointly promote products and services into international markets," the statement said.

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