India leans on defence attachés to boost exports

04 February 2020

India is planning to appoint defence attachés in 10 additional countries to boost efforts to expand military exports, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced on 3 February.

Singh did not elaborate on the location of the new defence attachés but said they would be expected to utilise state funding to promote defence sales in the countries.

“A large country like India cannot restrict its defence co-operation to a few countries,” said Singh in comments published by national news agencies. “Efforts should be made to expand continuously. This will further strengthen India’s defence diplomacy.”

India’s effort to increase diplomatic engagement in new defence markets was outlined in a plan unveiled by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in June 2019.

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