UK ready for tech transfer to India for weapons production

UK ready for tech transfer to India for weapons productionNEW DELHI: Britain on Wednesday offered technology transfer to India for co-production of military platforms and weapon systems to jointly become “world beaters” in arms exports.

Britain’s Defense Secretary Michael Fallon also called for strengthening cooperation between the two countries to effectively deal with terrorism and extremism, calling them a major challenge facing the globe.

The British Defense Secretary is on a four-day visit to India aimed at enhancing security and defense ties.

During an interactive session at a leading think-tank on UK-India strategic ties, he referred to a spate of recent terror attacks including in London, St Petersburg and Egypt and said both India and the UK will have to work harder to deal with the menace.

“No country is immune from terrorism. India and the UK need to work hard to combat it,” he said, particularly emphasizing on boosting cyber security cooperation to protect youths from radicalism and extremism.

Fallon refused to respond to a question on death sentence given to Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court.

On Indo-UK defense production, he said with innovation and collaboration, Britain and India can prove to be “world beaters”.

“We are looking at government-to-government framework for transfer of technology,” he said, on technology transfer to India in defense manufacturing.

The British Defense Secretary also gave a run down of reform measures taken by his country in the defense sector and said a partnership with India will provide an unprecedented opportunity to match the British experience with Indian brainpower.

As per statistics collated by UK Trade and Investment, the country is the second biggest arms exporter in the world after the US. It said UK has sold more arms than Russia, China and France on average over the last 10 years.

Britain has been a leading supplier of military platforms to India as well.

Fallon will hold talks with Defense Minister Arun Jaitley tomorrow on enhancing security ties and deepening cooperation in combating terrorism and extremism.–PTI

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