Amidst the tensions with India and China growing along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India is ready to ink Logistics Support agreement with Russia next month, and is in talks with the UK and Vietnam for similar agreements. “Warships usually need to replenish their fuel every few days; the lack of access to ports therefore can be a serious operational limitation,” say experts.
“ Such Logistics Agreement allows ships operating in company with other navies either during exercises or in an operational deployment to replenish from the logistic support ships of accompanying navies thus obviating the necessity of each navy deploying its own underway replenishment for its own ships,” Commodore Anil Jai Singh, Indian Navy Veteran & Vice President Indian Maritime Foundation tells Financial Express Online.
The draft of the Reciprocal Logistics Support (ARLS) was shared with Russia and is now in its final stages. At a recent virtual interaction with the media, Roman Babushkin, Deputy Chief of Mission, Russian Embassy in India, had said “In mid-October when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin meet for the annual summit the ARLS is expected to be inked.”
Why is this important?
With new shipping routes opening up, and more resources becoming available, with ARLS in place India will get access to the Russian facilities based in the Artic Region.
India-Russia Military Cooperation
India and Russia already have a draft ready on the military Logistic Sharing agreement. During the recent meetings between the two countries efforts are on to firm it up for it to be inked during the forthcoming India-Russia Annual Summit which is expected to take place in India.
India-UK Maritime Cooperation
Next year, HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and the Carrier Strike Group, on her maiden operational deployment, will operate in the Indian Ocean region. And, according to a senior British officer