International Legal Regime for Peaceful Use of Space Needs to be Strengthened: India

The Union Minister of External Affairs, Shri Pranab Mukherjee today said that India is alive to the needs of its armed forces and the requirement to maintain significant defence and deterrence capabilities.

“Our annual defence budget is a modest 2.27% of our GDP, but aerospace power is an increasingly important area for allocations and Indian Air Force’s existing aircraft and helicopter fleets are being upgraded to considerably enhance IAF’s potential and reach. This fits in well with the defensive nature of our doctrine of credible minimum deterrence and our commitment to strategic technological autonomy”, Shri Mukherjee said while delivering the Inaugural Address at the International Seminar on ‘Aerospace Power in Tomorrow’s World’, organised as part of the platinum jubilee celebration of the Indian Air Force, here.

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