New Delhi: India and Japan have signed the agreement on the reciprocal supply of supplies and services, which enhances interoperability between the armed forces of the two countries. Logistics agreements are administrative arrangements facilitating access to military fuel exchange facilities and mutually agreed arrangements that facilitate logistical support and increase the operational shift of the military outside India. The biggest beneficiary of the logistics pacts has been the Navy, which interagulates and practices the most with foreign navies. During operations on the high seas, exercises or humanitarian aid operations, fuel, food and other needs can be exchanged and then settled according to the defined modalities. Shri Rajnath Singh led an in-depth discussion on a number of international issues of common interest. General Shoigu briefed Raksha Mantri on Russian operations in Syria. The Russian side reaffirmed its strong support for India in the field of counter-terrorism and said it prioritizes New Delhi`s security interests in the region. The Russian Defense Minister stressed Moscow`s commitment to expand all possible support for improving India`s defense capabilities, including prior cooperation and the most modern technologies. Shri Rajnath Singh appreciated Russia`s unwavering support.

“If we get the LSA, it will go a long way in facilitating future activity, the scale of each activity means that the paperwork is quite important,” diplomatic sources said. A diplomatic source said that last year, a ship-to-ship refueling between the two navies was “a dummy exercise, because we couldn`t actually transmit fuel, because we didn`t have a logistical agreement.” The prime ministers of Japan and India welcomed the signing of the agreement, which will help the two sides coordinate on medical requirements, care, maintenance, air transport and communications. The agreements with Australia and Russia will be largely modeled on the United States, while the agreement with Japan is a broader agreement for defense cooperation, including logistics, a second official said. These agreements are embedded in the Indian Navy`s request to remain present 24 hours a day in its main areas of interest, the Indian Ocean Region (IOC) and, in the future, in Indopazifik. The Indian Navy has maintained its presence through its concept of mission-based operations, with more than a dozen major surface fighters deployed across the IOC. These operations have contributed to significantly improving the image of the Indian Maritime Domain (MDA), facilitating the pursuit of vessels of interest and also being the first aid in the event of an evolving hadr scenario. Both sides expressed satisfaction with the progress made in the implementation of treaties concluded in the recent past. General Shoigu accepted Raksha Mantri`s request to create special working groups for the after-sales support of Keydefence platforms. The two sides agreed to redouble their efforts to complete the cooperation agenda for the period 2021-2030. .

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