FULL TEXT: Specifics mentioned in the joint statement following Indo-Australian Defence Ministers’ meet


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Specific initiatives for enhanced cooperation will include the following activities:

The Defence Science and Technology Organizations and the Defence Research and Development Organization would continue to explore opportunities to identify areas for cooperation, initially through an exchange of letters followed by the respective organization heads meeting later in 2015

The commencement of a partnership between our respective peacekeeping centres. This will start with closer engagement to enhance knowledge sharing and mutual capacity building.

Increased Air Force cooperation on aviation safety and air worthiness, including subject matter experts’ exchanges, to progress mutual understanding and improve capability.

Royal Australian Navy participation in the Indian Navy International Fleet Review in February 2016. The continuation of the Bilateral Maritime Exercise on a biennial basis.

The establishment of a Joint Working Group on Defence Research and Material Cooperation.

Closer Air Force engagement, including Indian attendance at the Royal Australian Air Force exercise PITCH BLACK.

The creation of a closer Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) relationship, commencing with a regular subject matter expert exchange.

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