India will discuss the deal to produce ammunitions for UAE during the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s visit to the country for the first-ever joint military exercise on May 24.
Sources in the Defence Ministry told Tribune India that the UAE was looking to source its ammunition needs from India. The UAE will fund the manufacturing facility and India will produce the same.
Besides this, the Indian side will pitch in its abilities to service the Hawk trainer aircraft used by the UAE. The plane produced by BAE is also produced at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and the IAF uses it.
On the military exercise, sources were quoted as saying that it would be between the air forces of the two countries. The UAE uses French-origin Mirage 2000 fighter jets and the F-16 fighter jets procured from the US.
Parrikar’s visit is the first by an Indian Defence Minister to the UAE.
UAE is likely to defer a decision to procure 60 Rafale jets from France to 2017 or 2018. The order could also be divided into three tranches of 20 aircraft each
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