Singapore Air Force has its own facilities at Kalaikonda air base in West Bengal (image : GoogleMaps)
Pay more for using military base:
“We have asked for more money as costs have really gone up...We hope to reach an agreement with Singapore soon, as we hope it will be signed during (Singapore) Prime Minister’s visit (to India),” said a senior government official.
has given high priority to its military preparedness following its bitter split
in 1965. Malaysia
In October 2007,
for the first time, allowed a foreign country to station its troops and Defence
facilities on a long-term basis, which was a demonstration of India’s reliance on as an anchor for its
‘Look East’ policy. The agreement for the conduct of joint military training in
Singapore India between the IAF and
the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) was signed in , as part of the annual Defence Policy
have also signed a similar agreement for Army training, but it will come up for
renewal next year. For Singapore ,
which has an area of just 700 sq km, overseas training for its fighter pilots,
primarily flying F-16 fighter jets, is necessary in the absence of any suitable
open tracts of land and airspace. Singapore
“It has been a win-win situation for both sides. We get upgraded facilities, while they get space to conduct their exercises,” said the official.
In the past five years,
has set up its own facilities at Kalaikonda air base in West
Bengal, including residential block and stores.