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India, UK agree to work in defence technology

India and Britain have signed an agreement to pool their science and engineering expertise to work on various projects.

New Delhi: India and Britain have signed an
agreement to pool their science and engineering expertise to
work on various projects such as unmanned aerial vehicles and
advanced explosives.
A Letter of Arrangement was singed by Defence Research
and Development Organisation (DRDO) and its British
counterpart Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in
London on September 16.

The agreement was signed by DRDO chief V K Saraswat and
British chief scientific adviser (CSA) Sir Mark Welland.

Under the agreement, the two countries will explore ways
to defend chemical and biological threats through protection,
decontamination and medical counter-measures, a British High
Commission release said here.

Praising the new agreement, British Minister for Defence
Equipment, Support and Technology, Peter Luff said, "Science
and technology is one of the foundations of our bilateral
relationship with India. The signing of this agreement further
demonstrates the strength of our long-standing alliance.
"I am delighted that scientists from both countries will
be able to share their impressive expertise in this field and
have no doubt it will lead to even greater innovation in
defence and security technology, benefiting both our nations."

Expressing confidence that the agreement will strengthen
technical collaboration between the two countries, UK MOD`s
Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Sir Mark Welland said the
event marks an important milestone in technical collaboration
between the two countries.

"I have seen the exceptional dedication, expertise and
skill in the DRDO. I know that the UK can look forward to a
productive and valuable co-operation with our great allies in
India for many years to come," Welland said.


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