Singapore and India renew joint training agreement

Singapore and India on Monday renewed a bilateral agreement that will see the Singapore army train and exercise in India for another five years.

The renewal was signed by Permanent Secretary of Defence Chiang Chie Foo and Indian Defence Secretary Radha Krishna Mathur. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and his Indian counterpart A K Antony, who is here on a working visit.

The two armies jointly conduct bilateral armour and artillery exercises, codenamed Ex Bold Kurukshetra and Ex Agni Warrior respectively. The most recent bilateral armour exercise took place in March this year.

The joint exercise are meant to provide valuable opportunities for both sides to understand each other's doctrines and tactics, as well as enhance mutual understanding and inter-operability. During his visit, Mr Antony was also hosted by Dr Ng to dinner, during which both ministers reaffirmed strong and long-standing defence ties between the two countries.