India, Singapore renew bilateral air force training agreement

Singapore: India and Singapore have renewed a bilateral agreement that will allow Singapore’s Air Force to continue its joint military training with Indian Air Force for another five years, a statement said on Thursday.

The bilateral agreement for the conduct of joint military training and exercises in India between the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) was concluded in 2007 and last renewed in 2012.

Under the agreement, the RSAF will have regular opportunities to train with the IAF’s advanced Su-30 fighter aircraft, Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said in a statement.

The renewed agreement was signed by Singapore’s Permanent Secretary for Defence Chan Yeng Kit and India’s Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar, and witnessed by Singapore’s Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and India’s High Commissioner to Singapore Jawed Ashraf in Singapore.

Kumar’s visit reaffirms the warm and long-standing defence relations between Singapore and India, strengthened by the revised Defence Cooperation Agreement signed in 2015 as well as the Air Force and Army Bilateral Agreements concluded in 2007 and 2008, respectively, said the statement.

Kumar was on a two-day visit to Singapore from yesterday to co-chair the 11th Singapore-India Defence Policy Dialogue (DPD) with Chan. Besides the DPD, the two defence establishments also interact regularly through high-level visits, professional exchanges and defence technology cooperation.

During the dialogue, which is a regular forum for both countries to discuss areas of defence cooperation and strategic developments of mutual interest, both sides underscored the “strong and growing ties” between the Singapore Armed Forces and the Indian Armed Forces, MINDEF said.

“Kumar and Chan also committed to strengthening bilateral defence interactions and welcomed deeper defence cooperation for mutual benefit,” it added.

The Indian defence secretary also called on Ng today, with both parties reaffirming the strong bilateral defence relations between both countries and discussing geopolitical and security developments in the region, the ministry said.