India To Continue Training of Singapore Troops

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  1. Singh

    Singh Phat Cat Administrator

    Feb 23, 2009
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    Wow, I didn't know India was training S'pore troops.

    NEW DELHI — Under a July 11 agreement reached between the visiting prime minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here, India will continue to train troops from Singapore at India’s training facilities.

    India is already training Singaporean Air Force personnel at its facilities at Kalaikunda Air Base in West Bengal, where the two countries have previously held air exercises code named SINDEX. The two countries have held several joint exercises, with the first joint Army exercise taking place in India from Feb. 11 to April 5, 2005.

    The two countries signed an agreement in October 2003 on defense cooperation, under which the defense forces of the two countries would conduct joint air, land and naval exercises in India and Singapore. The agreement also calls for joint cooperation in defense production between state-owned Indian defense firms and Indian ordnance factories and Singapore defense firms.

    New Delhi is keen to increase defense cooperation with Singapore as part of its “look east” policy and efforts to build stronger military linkages in the Asia-Pacific region to counter China, said Nitin Mehta, a defense analyst based here.

    In addition to the air and land exercises, the two countries also have held joint naval exercises, such as search-and-rescue operations and anti-piracy exercises around the Strait of Malacca and the Bay of Bengal.

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  3. Tronic

    Tronic Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

    Mar 30, 2009
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    I think the article is misleading.

    I don't think that we actually train their military. We only lease our bases to them, where they have their own instructors and they train themselves!

    Although, we do regularly fly and practice against each other, sharing valuable training experience. We benefit by regularly practicing against Singaporean F-16s, which emulate the Pakistanis, and the Singaporeans benefit by practicing against Su-30s, which can emulate the Malaysians.
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  4. sayareakd

    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

    Feb 17, 2009
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    well at least GOI want us to see that way, as they dont want public to think that foreign armed forces are running around with weapons without Indian supervision. I too dont want their F-16 armed and going up and down without any supervision into our airspace or their soldiers with tanks and assault rifles practicing without anyone from Indian side around to see what they are doing and keep a tab on them.
  5. Twinblade

    Twinblade Senior Member Senior Member

    Dec 19, 2011
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    We don't train them, we train with them. RSAF gets to practice freely without worrying about intruding airspace of another country or causing disruption to busy airways over Singapore. They come in almost annually, there is no media circus and press releases are usually made by Singapore MoD after the exercise is over.

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