India and South Korea reached a military logistics agreement during Defense Minister Rajnath Singh`s ongoing visit to Seoul. The two countries also formulated a forward-looking roadmap to take the next step in bilateral cooperation in the defense industry, the Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday. India and South Korea have reached a military logistics agreement that will support the other`s navy. At the end of the delegation-level talks between Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong-doo in Seoul, this was concluded, and to move to the next stage of cooperation in the defense industry, the two sides also formulated a forward-looking roadmap. The Defense Ministry (MoD) said the two ministers also discussed and exchanged information on regional and international developments of mutual interest. According to Commodore Singh, “India`s proactive foreign policy has led in recent years to significant strategic and defense engagement with Indo-Pacific countries, both west and east. This also led to various logistical agreements between the Marines. While the LEMOA agreement was one of the fundamental agreements with the United States, many others provided logistical support and sleeping opportunities to Indian Navy ships. These arrangements also include the replenishment at sea of each other`s ongoing supply vessels and are an important element of capacity-building and engagement in cooperation. Sources said such a logistics agreement helps the Indian Navy and also contributes to interoperability, especially when it operates in the Indo-Pacific region in South Korea`s ports.
Korean companies are active in the Indian defense sector, such as the K9 Vajra mobile artillery guns manufactured by L&T in collaboration with Hanwha Land Systems. “India`s growing role and presence in Indopazifik and its commitment to ensuring safe seas in its area of responsibility will lead to increased engagement in the region and more mutually beneficial logistical arrangements for India and the region,” said Commander Anil Jai Singh (Retd), Vice President and Head of the Delhi subsidiary, Indian Maritime Foundation,. . . .