Department for International Trade
UK and India strengthen defence ties with new agreement
The UK is set to strengthen defence ties with India through a renewed Memorandum of Understanding, Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has announced.
At bilateral defence and security equipment talks in London this week, the two nations agreed to re-double efforts to identify mutual defence and security capability needs and collaborate on solutions.
Air Marshal Richard Knighton signed the Defence Equipment Memorandum on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence, while Shri Barun Mitra, Additional Secretary Defence Production at the Ministry of Defence, signed on behalf of the Indian Government.
Defence Minister Stuart Andrew recently said:
As major world economies, Britain and India both have a proud global maritime history, with impressive futures ahead. The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding underpins the collaboration between our two nations, building on our defence ties, and ensuring our nations are able to combat emerging threats for generations to come.
The agreement, which marks a step change in India and United Kingdom’s defence relationship, comes after a visit by India’s chief of naval staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, to HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth last month. It also follows HMS Dragon’s visit to Goa in December last year, where the ship took part in the longstanding naval exercise, The Konkan Series.
By collaborating and exploiting procurement opportunities together, both nations will be able to benefit from technological and manufacturing capabilities and support long-term cooperation between their defence and security industries.
In addition to the bilateral talks this week, UK and Indian industry met to discuss how they would forge deeper and broader partnerships to contribute to these efforts.
Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion Baroness Fairhead recently said:
I am delighted that the Ministries of Defence of India and the United Kingdom have signed this Memorandum of Understanding. This agreement will help us develop closer, mutually beneficial relationships between our respective defence and security industries.
Latest News from
Department for International Trade
UK and Australia team up to use space technology to protect Pacific from climate change and natural disasters05/11/2019 08:14:00
Pacific island countries vulnerable to climate change will benefit from space technology to help them plan for and prevent natural disasters, thanks to a new UK and Australian partnership.
Boost for UK-UAE trade relations04/11/2019 08:10:00
Minister for Investment, Graham Stuart, visited the UAE to strengthen the trade relationship between the UK and the UAE
UK geospatial intelligence sweeps US cruise lines01/11/2019 08:10:00
A Bristol-based geospatial intelligence company has secured a deal with an American cruise line which is projected to be worth £5.5 million by the end of 2024.
Self-warming UK bottle feeds babies across globe31/10/2019 17:05:00
A UK baby products business recently secured new deals in the United States and China which is expected to make the company £2.2 million by 2025
Kent biotech business set to make £1m thanks to Japan exports31/10/2019 15:10:00
A Kent bio-tech company that supplies blood plasma for lab testing is set to hit sales of £1million in 2020 after securing new deals with customers in Japan.
UK jewellery designer creates collection for Dutch museum31/10/2019 14:47:00
A Glastonbury-based design studio has been commissioned to create a knitted-wired jewellery capsule collection for a museum in the Netherlands
Cheltenham recovery drink revitalises the UAE31/10/2019 12:10:00
A Cheltenham-based soft drinks supplier has secured a contract with an importer in the UAE which is set to be worth £4.29 million over the next 5 years
Cornish tea producer proves strength of British brew overseas31/10/2019 11:22:00
Cornish tea company Tregothnan has secured new orders totalling £145,000 thanks to a government networking event at Number 10, bolstering its export pipeline.