India’s Own String of Pearls – after Singapore & Vietnam, India to train Indonesian Forces #Hindustan360
After Vietnam, Singapore and other countries in Southeast Asia, India is now also steadily stepping up military ties with Indonesia with an eye firmly on China. View more at #Hindustan360.
India and Indonesia have now decided to hold their first-ever joint air combat exercise as well as deepen maritime security cooperation. Defence sources say India also offered to train sailors from Indonesia in the complex art of submarine operations during the recent visit of defence secretary G Mohan Kumar to the country.
Vietnamese sailors, incidentally, are already being trained in “comprehensive underwater combat operations” in the Indian Navy’s submarine school INS Satavahana in Visakhapatnam. A similar programme to train the Vietnamese fighter pilots on Indian Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets is set to begin this year, as was earlier reported by TOI.