UK-India Defence and Military Technology Cooperation Workshop
In a landmark event, senior government officials, sectoral experts, and industry representatives from India and the UK gathered in London for the UK-India Defence and Military Technology Cooperation workshop. Organized by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in collaboration with India’s Bharat Shakti defence platform, the workshop aimed to explore synergies and enhance bilateral cooperation in the defence and military technology sector.
Exploring Collaborative Defence Research and Industrial Partnerships
The workshop delved into various vital topics, such as the evolving strategic context of UK-India defence relations. It also shed light on the perspectives surrounding India’s Atmanirbhar programme (self-reliance) and the UK’s defence technology partnerships. Additionally, participants engaged in discussions on boosting military and manufacturing partnerships, all in line with the India-UK 2030 Roadmap’s focus on Defence and Security as a key pillar of bilateral ties.
Key Objectives of the India-UK 2030 Roadmap
Signed in May 2021 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British counterpart Boris Johnson, the India-UK 2030 Roadmap seeks to establish a new strategic collaborative partnership. This partnership is dedicated to research, innovation, technology, and industry, aimed at developing transformational defence and security capabilities. The roadmap aims to deepen industrial partnerships, explore shared export opportunities, and elevate defence capabilities.
Building Mutual Trust and Identifying Opportunities
The primary objective of this workshop was to catalyze change in the India-UK defence relationship. By fostering mutual trust and identifying key opportunities for defence research collaboration and defence industrial partnerships, the workshop aimed to pave the way for stronger cooperation.
The Workshop Format and Future Plans
Held within a closed-door track 1.5 format, the workshop attracted high-level participants, including a drop-in appearance by UK National Security Adviser (NSA) Sir Tim Barrow. It is expected to become a regular feature in the bilateral calendar, with the next edition planned for New Delhi early next year and a third follow-up in London. This regular engagement signifies a commitment to nurturing the evolving India-UK defence ties.
Month: Current Affairs - July, 2023
Category: International / World Current Affairs