India-Australia strategic partnership: Leveraging aerospace capacity

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M Matheswaran
The Interpreter

The two countries have an opportunity to pursue air-power cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, where stability is essential.

By M Matheswaran

The forthcoming virtual summit between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison assumes considerable significance for an India-Australia strategic partnership, particularly as it comes against the backdrop of heightened friction with China for both countries. Enhanced defence cooperation between the two countries could be an important signal to Beijing of the costs of overly assertive strategic behaviour – whether in the Himalaya or in trade. For some years, defence cooperation has largely focused on the naval relationship. Now is the time for enhanced air-power cooperation.

The National Security College, with the support of the Department of Defence, is leading a two-year research project on Australia’s Indo-Pacific strategy in the Indian Ocean. As a part of this project, this paper analyses how aerospace cooperation - a largely unexplored area - could boost Australia-India ties. This paper first appeared on the Lowy Institute’s ‘The Interpreter’ on 2 June 2020.

This publication originally appeared in The Interpreter.

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