Government explores joint production venture in defence with Thailand

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  1. Lions Of Punjab

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    Government explores joint production venture in defence with Thailand

    India is exploring a joint production and development venture in defence with Thailand. A high-level defence delegation from Thailand led by its Permanent Secretary for Defence will visit New Delhi next week to explore joint production and development, besides sourcing of arms, diplomatic sources told ET.

    The Indian side is keen to assist Thailand in setting up a defence industry and had proposed a visit to Indian facilities for the Thai side. While major platforms and systems will not be discussed now, a start can be made on systems that the ordnance factories manufacture – from explosives to small arms and defensive equipment, sources said.

    “Thailand is offering India an upgraded defence relationship. It is a strategically-placed neighbour with whom we share common cultural linkages,” an official pointed out. India’s joint defence production has so far been confined to Russia, France, the US and Israel. An upgraded Indo-Thai defence cooperation is also significant amid China’s growing ambitions and defence manures in the region, say experts.

    The Defence Ministry has been keen on engaging with Thailand. The first initiative was made in 2013 during a visit by then Defence Minister AK Antony in which he raised the matter of joint production with his Thai counterpart, Air Chief Marshal Sukumpol Suwanatat.

    This initiative is now getting the push, sources pointed out. Officials said that while detailed discussions to narrow down areas of cooperation will now take place, there has been a keen interest by the Thai side to engage with Indian scientists as well as learning from the experience of setting up defence production facilities.

    Till now, the bilateral defence relation has been limited to joint exercises and training between the armed forces. Last year, General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) of the Royal Thai Armed Forces visited India

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    Thailand has of late grown close ties with China.

    It is good that India is also getting involved in Thailand.
     
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    But sir do they have something better then Israeli and Russian that we might need ?
     
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    I think it is we who will be helping them to meet their needs.
     
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    On foriegn policy,this government is certainly doing really well to cover the ground which was lost by UPA in the previous decade(Lost decade).
     
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    i hope they do some constructive things not just go there and spend night with lady boy and come back
     

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