Indo-Japanese Defence Co-Operation
New Delhi: Steps taken by the Government for enhancement of bilateral defence & security co-operation including in the field of maritime security with Japan inter alia include institutionalization and conduct of bilateral maritime exercises between India and Japan in 2012 & 2013, participation of Japan along with the Indian Navy and the US Navy in the Exercise Malabar held in July 2014, conclusion of Memorandum on Defence Cooperation and Exchanges in September 2014 and conduct of the first meeting of the Joint Working Group on Defence Equipment and Technology Cooperation in March 2015. This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Smt Rakshatai Khadse in Lok Sabha today.
Defence Deal with France
As per the India-France Joint Statement issued by the two countries during the Prime Minister’s visit to France, Government of India conveyed to the Government of France that in view of the critical operational necessity for Multirole Combat Aircraft for Indian Air Force (IAF), Government of India would like to acquire 36 Rafale jets in fly-away condition as quickly as possible. The two leaders agreed to conclude an Inter-Governmental Agreement for supply of the aircraft on terms that would be better than conveyed by Dassault Aviation as part of a separate process underway; the delivery would be in time-frame that would be compatible with the operational requirement of IAF, and that the aircraft and associated systems and weapons would be delivered on the same configuration as had been tested and approved by IAF; and with a longer maintenance responsibility by France. This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Anto Antony in Lok Sabha today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Opening Statement by Prime Minister of India at 15th ASEAN-India Summit, Manila Your Excellency President …