Pay more for using military base: India to Singapore

Discussion in 'Foreign Relations' started by Apollyon, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. Apollyon

    Apollyon Führer Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2011
    Messages:
    2,600
    Likes Received:
    2,380
    Location:
    आर्यावर्त
    Pay more for using military base: India to Singapore

    Arguing that maintenance costs have gone up, India has asked Singapore to cough up more money for using its military base for the advanced training of Singapore Air Force personnel. The two countries are racing against time to complete negotiations for renewing the lease agreement on a long-term basis, with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong scheduled to arrive in India in the second week of July.

    “We have asked for more money as costs have really gone up...We hope to reach an agreement with Singapore soon, as we hope it will be signed during (Singapore) Prime Minister’s visit (to India),” said a senior government official. Singapore has given high priority to its military preparedness following its bitter split from Malaysia in 1965.

    In October 2007, India, for the first time, allowed a foreign country to station its troops and Defence facilities on a long-term basis, which was a demonstration of India’s reliance on Singapore as an anchor for its ‘Look East’ policy. The agreement for the conduct of joint military training in India between the IAF and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) was signed in Delhi, as part of the annual Defence Policy Dialogue.

    Incidentally, India and Singapore have also signed a similar agreement for Army training, but it will come up for renewal next year. For Singapore, which has an area of just 700 sq km, overseas training for its fighter pilots, primarily flying F-16 fighter jets, is necessary in the absence of any suitable open tracts of land and airspace.

    “It has been a win-win situation for both sides. We get upgraded facilities, while they get space to conduct their exercises,” said the official.

    In the past five years, Singapore has set up its own facilities at Kalaikonda air base in West Bengal, including residential block and stores.


    Pay more for using military base: India to Singapore - The New Indian Express
     
    Neil and ejazr like this.
  2.  
  3. drkrn

    drkrn Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2010
    Messages:
    2,455
    Likes Received:
    898
    Location:
    visakhapatnam
    singapore is a rich country.they can easily afford the increase in amount
     
  4. sayareakd

    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2009
    Messages:
    15,630
    Likes Received:
    11,706
    may be barter system with one of two F-16 would be good idea for use of base.
     
  5. Defcon 1

    Defcon 1 Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2011
    Messages:
    1,461
    Likes Received:
    444
    Location:
    Lucknow
    Even better, ask some dollars so that we can stem the fall or rupee
     
  6. Neil

    Neil Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Messages:
    2,610
    Likes Received:
    1,946
    Location:
    India
    weren't we training Malaysia air force for their su30mkm...?? India and its diplomacy...!!:hail:
     
    Mad Indian and ashicjose like this.
  7. ashicjose

    ashicjose Regular Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2010
    Messages:
    399
    Likes Received:
    58
    May be we had enough with F-16 :taunt:.............:wave:
     
  8. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2009
    Messages:
    43,117
    Likes Received:
    23,545
    Location:
    Somewhere
    Not to worry.

    It will be a quid pro quo.

    The ban on Singapore's Defence Company will be lifted and we will buy some of their weapons.
     

Share This Page