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UK looking to improve defence ties with India

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The British Minister of State for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne on Wednesday said that the British government is keen to work with India in the defence sector as there is tremendous potential especially in the maritime space.
Dunne said that the UK, which is the largest supplier of arms in Europe, has been associated with Indian defence forces for the last four decades and is looking forward to build on the Indo-Anglo relationship which will serve both the armed forces.
He said that the British government is interested to work with India in the ‘Make in India’ programme and is looking for joint venture partners to build on the Indo-Anglo relationship and to find opportunities to generate capabilities to serve both the countries.
He said that there has been a long standing relationship in the air space with India with Jaguar aircraft, Hawk aircraft and the Harrier aircraft which are used by the air force are from the UK while there are over 1000 aircrafts build on British designs.
On the marine time space, Dunne said there is tremendous potential and there is lot of scope as the British government is keen to work in close collaboration with Indian companies to build the new aircraft carrier. He said the aircraft carrier which has come out of service from the Indian Navy is of the British design.
He said that the army and the British companies have a lot of technology which can be useful for the Indian Army and inland security.

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