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19 January 2017, Gateway House

India-EU: defence cooperation and the role of industry

European defence companies can contribute significantly to India’s military modernisation under the ‘Make in India’ campaign. But before this can happen they will have to deepen their interactions in the country at the political and strategic levels to identify common areas of interest and understand India’s technological priorities in the sector

Fellow, National Security Studies & Director, Centre for International Security, Gateway House

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As part of the ‘EU-India Think Tank Twinning Initiative 2016’, Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, Mumbai, partnered with Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, on a series of papers, titled “Moving forward the EU-India Security Dialogue: Traditional and Emerging Issues.”

Defence paper cover

The topic had four sub-themes:

  • India-EU maritime security and freedom of navigation from the South China Sea and Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean;
  • India-EU defence cooperation: the role of industry;
  • Potential and challenges of India-EU space cooperation;
  • India-EU cooperation on cyber security and data protection.

For more details on the project please click here.

This paper on India-EU defence cooperation is part of the project and has been authored by a Gateway House research team led by Sameer Patil, Fellow, National Security studies. The paper discusses that European defence companies can contribute significantly to India’s military modernisation under the ‘Make in India’ campaign. It concludes that before this can happen they will have to deepen their interactions in the country at the political and strategic levels to identify common areas of interest and understand India’s technological priorities in the sector.

You can download the PDF version of this paper, here.

Read the commentary response from Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, here.

Sameer Patil is Fellow, National Security, Ethnic Conflict and Terrorism, at Gateway House.

Purvaja Modak is Researcher and Assistant Manager, Research Office, Gateway House. 

Vice Admiral Anil Chopra is Distinguished Fellow, International Security and Maritime Studies, Gateway House.

Kunal Kulkarni is Senior Researcher, Gateway House.

Aditya Phatak is Senior Researcher, Gateway House.

This paper was exclusively written for Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations. You can read more exclusive content here.

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