Logistics Support Agreements Of India

The agreements with the UK and Vietnam are under discussion, one of the sources said. The agreement with Russia, Mutual Logistics Assistance (ARLS), is expected to be signed at the bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin in mid-October, Roman Babushkin, deputy head of the Russian embassy`s mission in India, said earlier this week. The usefulness of the agreements will be visible at the next edition of the trilateral malabar naval exercise, which is due to take place in November, said the first source. As The Hindu has already pointed out, an informal consensus has been reached to invite Australia to participate in The Malabar Exercise, but the formal invitation has not yet been renewed. It is not yet known whether Canberra will be invited to this year`s edition. The LSA will be one of the main items on the agenda of Prime Minister Morrison`s visit. The agreement will allow both countries to use the other country`s military bases to provide logistical support, including food, water and oil. The creation of the LSA is contained in the strategic partnership document that the two countries signed in March 2006, during US President George W. Bush`s visit to New Delhi. The document states that the United States and India will soon sign an agreement to facilitate mutual logistical assistance through combined training, exercises and disaster relief. The proposed agreement would be part of broader security cooperation, including psychological combat, counter-terrorism, defence trade and efforts to quickly conclude the Fissile Materials Delimitation Treaty. Subsequently, as other areas of bilateral security cooperation developed, discussions on the LSA continued at a snail`s pace, with India insisting on changing the reputation of the agreement on the basis of domestic policy constraints. Currently, the ASA has been awaiting approval for more than six months before the Ministerial Security Committee.

India has signed several logistics agreements in recent years, starting with the Logistics Exchange Agreement (LEMOA) with the United States in 2016, and the navy has been the largest beneficiary of them. After concluding a logistical support agreement with Japan earlier this week, India is now working on three such agreements with Russia, the UK and Vietnam, two official sources said. The agreement with Russia is expected to be signed in October.

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