Enhancing Maritime Cooperation: India and UK Discuss Electric Propulsion Systems

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India and the United Kingdom are engaged in detailed discussions to share technical knowledge and experience regarding maritime electric propulsion systems for future Indian warships, according to UK’s Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Sir Tony Radakin. Admiral Radakin stated that both countries are exploring ways to enhance cooperation and strengthen relationships in logistics, technology, and information sharing. They are also discussing a training agreement to promote common values across all military domains.

During a meeting with a small group of journalists, Admiral Radakin highlighted the ongoing high-level military interactions between the UK and India. The Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force have been conducting joint exercises with their Indian counterparts to improve interoperability and tactics.

Admiral Radakin emphasized the significance of India’s interest in incorporating electric propulsion systems into its future warships, while pointing out the existing collaboration between the two countries in this area. He mentioned the establishment of a joint working group for electronic propulsion, which has been meeting to explore potential opportunities.

The Admiral also mentioned the possibility of utilizing UK technology to assist in the development of Indian jet engines, showcasing the strong partnership between the two nations. The UK has offered advanced technologies to India to create an indigenous jet engine that is now produced and exported by India.

In response to a question about future military engagements in the Indo-Pacific region, Admiral Radakin confirmed the UK’s commitment to enhancing its maritime activities in the area. He mentioned the deployment of new frigates in the region and the operation of littoral response groups in the Euro Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions.

The UK’s interest in the Indo-Pacific was evident through the deployment of HMS Tamar to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the joint exercises conducted with the Indian Navy. Admiral Radakin highlighted the shared understanding between India and the UK on logistics and expressed interest in further collaboration in various areas, including joint military training.

When asked about China’s role in the discussions, Admiral Radakin described China as a “systemic competitor” and emphasized the importance of collaborating on common interests such as trade and climate change. He stressed the shared values of territorial integrity and sovereignty held by the UK and India.

The Admiral also mentioned the AUKUS security pact between Australia, the UK, and the US as an example of strong relationships and shared interests. He noted the potential for information and technology sharing in various areas, including artificial intelligence and cyber capabilities.

Furthermore, Admiral Radakin highlighted the ongoing training exercises between the Indian Army and the British Army as part of the Ajeya Warrior exercise. He emphasized the importance of the defense and security partnership between the UK and India, as demonstrated by the visit of senior UK military officials to India.

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