Britain will offer India know-how to build its own fighter jets and a license for faster deliveries of defense when the prime ministers of the two countries meet on Friday, while the West India trying to get away from Russia.
During his first visit to New Delhi as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson will discuss with Prime Minister Narendra Modi how he buys trade and security ties with the South Asian country that more than half of its military hardware from Russia, will strengthen.
“The world faces increasing threats from autocratic states seeking to undermine democracy, free and fair trade to stifle and to trample the sovereignty,” Johnson said in a statement after a visit to the home state of Gujarat Prime Minister Modi on Thursday.
“The partnership of the UK with India is a beacon in the stormy seas. Our cooperation on issues of interest to our two countries, from climate change to energy security and defense, is vital as we look to the future.”
He was expected to talk about “support for new Indian-designed and built jet fighters, which offer the best British know-how for building battle-winning aircraft,” the statement said.
Former colonial ruler Britain will issue a so-called open general export license to India to shorten delivery times for defense items. Currently, only the European Union and the United States have such a permit, Johnson’s spokesman said.
In an effort to take India out of Russia, the United States has also offered more defense and energy sales to New Delhi. Despite pressure from the United States, Modi’s government has refused to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine except by calling for an end to the violence.
India has also continued to buy Russian oil, reasoning that European countries were doing the same and in much larger quantities.
Nevertheless, Mr Modi has said that the war in Ukraine has increased the need for India to increase its domestic defense equipment production. India faces a superior Chinese army on their disputed Himalayan border.
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