UK SECRETARY OF STATE FOR DEFENCE VISITS INDIA
The UK Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon was on a four-day visit to India from April 11, 2017. The India-UK delegation level talks were held on April 13 where the UK side was led by Sir Michael Fallon while the Indian delegation was headed by the Defence Minister Arun Jaitley. Both sides set out a shared vision for the India-UK Defence Partnership. Based on the Defence and International Security Partnership (DISP) and building on existing Defence Consultative Group (DCG) mechanisms, both sides will explore additional areas for institutional engagement. Issues relevant to Air Force are:
exchange of best practices in counter terrorism, air force training, air safety. manufacturing in India as evidenced through recent announcements including the memorandum of understanding between the Bharat Dynamics Limited and Thales UK on technology transfer opportunities for missile systems and efforts to develop an advanced hawk jet trainer jointly by the BAE Systems and the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.