India - UK Defence Boardroom

India - UK Defence Boardroom


India & the UK: Co-creating technologies, strengthening partnerships
9:00 AM to 1:30 PM (BST) - 15 April 2021 - Virtual

In 2015, Indian Prime Minister Modi and UK Prime Minister David Cameron signed the ‘UK-India Defence and International Security Partnership’. The scope of the partnership covered areas including Defence Collaboration, Make in India, Counter-Terrorism and Cyber. Under Defence Collaboration, the partnership highlighted the need to establish relationships that would “enable transfer of strategic capability between our two nations, including defence technologies and manufacturing in areas of mutual interest.” This ground-breaking declaration laid the foundations of the concept of ‘co creation’ and opened up a unique and unprecedented opportunity for deep collaboration between the two defence industries.

Six years on, this India - UK Defence Boardroom will assess where the two industries have reached in co-creating technologies, identify the challenges and opportunities, and discuss in an outcome-driven manner how to give further impetus to this unique strategic relationship.


This Boardroom will seek answers to the following questions:

  • What do India and UK’s defence technology road maps look like?
  • Have we made the most of ‘co-creation’? What are the opportunities and limitations?
  • How do we support and nurture a vibrant start-up ecosystem to benefit both nations?

Tentative Agenda

Introduction to the India - UK Defence Boardroom by Manoj Ladwa

The India UK Defence Boardroom will be inaugurated by Dr Ajay Kumar, Defence Secretary, Government of India and will be followed by a conversation between Boardroom members and Dr Kumar.

Members will deliberate and get better insights into each country’s technology road maps. Members will highlight the areas of opportunity in the development of future technologies such as small engines, hypersonics, space technologies, lasers, among others. The topic will be introduced with a discussion between senior government representatives before opening up to other members in the Boardroom.

A presentation by UK & Indian collaborators on a project they are currently working on – highlighting their goals, challenges, and ambitions for the partnership. The topic will be introduced with a 10-minute discussion between the following participants before opening up to other Boardroom members.

Mapping opportunities and challenges of co-development going forward, developing a G2G framework between the UK and India. The topic will be introduced with a discussion between the following participants before opening up to other Boardroom members.

Short presentation by Senior Leadership at UK and Indian defence companies on their vision, ambitions, and offerings. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session between the lead presenters and fellow Boardroom members.

What self-reliance means for India and why it is a top priority. With this objective in focus, the conversation will attempt to decode how India views its partnerships going forward and how the co-development of technologies is a big focus for UK companies.

Closing remarks by Manoj Ladwa, Founder & CEO, India Inc. Group

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Week of 28 June at India Global Forum, Windsor – Hybrid/Physical



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