The United States and Japan unveiled new rules for defence cooperation Monday in a historic move that will give Japanese armed forces a more ambitious global role amid concerns over China`s rising sway.
Noting that India's rise as a global leader was in America's interest, the US today indicated its readiness to transfer of technologies in taking defence ties beyond buyer-seller relationship to that of co-development and co-production and complement Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' initiative.
Pakistan and Russia on Thursday signed a military cooperation agreement to deepen their defence ties and vowed to translate their relationship in "tangible" terms during the first-ever visit of a Russian defence minister in 45 years.
As the navies of India and Indonesia engaged in a joint exercise on the waters off Indonesia, India`s Ambassador Gurjit Singh said the country is committed to furthering close defence ties with Indonesia.
Indian naval ships visited Thailand`s Phuket island, as part of a professional exchange cooperation programme, signalling a further boost in defence ties between the countries which astride one of the strategic international maritime shipping lanes.
Defence Minister A K Antony on Thursday said India was committed to strengthening defence relations with Maldives as he met with Maldivian Minister of Defence and National Security Mohamed Nazim who is here on an official visit.
The late delivery of the INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier will not adversely impact Indo-Russian defence cooperation as such major projects are not very common, a top Russian shipbuilder said on Friday.
Days after agreeing on joint development and production in the field of defence with the US, India has said the first-of-its-kind of initiative with America will add "more muscle" to the bilateral strategic partnership but it is not at the expense of traditional friend Russia.
Ahead of its President`s visit here from May 20, Afghanistan on Thursday said it was looking for enhanced defence cooperation with India, from where it was expecting supply of lethal and non-lethal military equipment.