Inspite UK may have lost out in the race to supply fighter jets to IAF, but it remains quite best legacy about stepping up its international strategic partnership with India as well as the “Make in India” program. This has gained momentum after the visit PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the United Kingdom during last November. Visiting British minister of state for Defence procurement Philip Dunne they aggred to be the part of the Make In India Program and join this.
UK Defence Procurement Minister Philip Dunne to Media
This is my second visit to India. I attended the Aero-India at Bangalore in 2013. I am also looking forward to the Def-Expo at Goa, going to held in next month. After the very important visit by PM Narendra Modi to the UK, at which PMs Cameron and Modi signed a defence and strategic partnership agreement with each other. I have been tasked by our defence secretary (Michael Fallon) to provide some movement and energy to the agreement. So, I came to invite defence minister of India Manohar Parrikar to the UK, to set-up some strategic direction and identify areas where we can collaborate with India. There are some areas where India has a clear expertise that we would like to benefit from, and vice-versa.
Philip Dunne said. We recognise this step is a legitimate aspiration for India to encourage collaboration to develop in-country capabilities, building skills and employment prospects. We have a similar agenda in the UK. So, we share that objective. Some of the best examples of Make in India in the defence world are with the UK, like Jaguar fighters and Hawk advanced jet trainers. Rolls-Royce is another good example. There is this proposal to upgrade the Hawk trainers into combat Hawks, with missiles, guns, rockets. We think that’s a clever way to develop some additional air combat capability. We will be very interested in discussing it.
[source – economictimes]
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