India and Singaqpore have signed a bilateral agreement for Naval cooperation
which will lead to increased cooperation in maritime security, joint exercises,
temporary deployment from each other's naval facilities and mutual logistics
The 2nd Defence Ministers’ Dialogue between India and Singapore was
successfully concluded in Delhi on November 29. It was inaugurated after both
countries signed the revised Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) in 2015 to
further strengthen the longstanding defence relationship between the Singapore
Armed Forces (SAF) and the Indian Armed Forces.
The defense ministers of both the countries Ms Nirmala Sitaraman and
Singapore defense minister Ng Eng Hen looked forward to the commemoration of
the 25th anniversary of the Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise next
Singapore defense Minister Dr Ng expressed his appreciation for India’s
continued support for the SAF’s training in India, covered by the Air Force and
Army Bilateral Agreements. Both Ministers welcomed the renewal of the Air Force
Bilateral Agreement on the sidelines of the 11th Singapore-India Defence Policy
Dialogue in January this year, and looked forward to the successful renewal of
the Army Bilateral Agreement next year.
On regional security, both Ministers reaffirmed the importance of
maintaining maritime freedom of navigation and trade consistent with
international law. India plays a vital role in the ASEAN Defence Ministers'
Both Ministers also discussed Singapore’s proposal to expand the Code of
Unplanned Encounters at Sea to all ADMM-Plus countries as well as to establish
guidelines for air encounters between military aircraft, in order to reduce the
risk of miscalculations.
Appreciating India’s leading role in the Indian Ocean Region, Dr Ng agreed
to India’s proposal for continuous and institutionalised naval engagements in
their shared maritime space, including establishing maritime exercises with
like-minded regional/ ASEAN partners.
Both Ministers also commended the progress made since the India-Singapore
Defence Technology Steering Committee was set up in October 2006 to launch
joint research projects. Dr Ng expressed his appreciation for India’s offer of
its test ranges and infrastructure to Singapore for the conduct of testing and
evaluation for R&D projects.
Singapore and India have also made progress in defence industry
cooperation, with the signing of the terms of reference for the Defence
Industry Working Group (DIWG) in August this year. Both Ministers agreed that
this would facilitate greater collaboration in aerospace, electronics and other
areas of mutual interest between the defence industries of both countries.
Dr Ng expressed his appreciation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s
acceptance as keynote speaker for the 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue to articulate
India’s vision for a stable Indo-Pacific region.