Welcome to Warn, Todays News is India may assist UAE in Air Defence System India may assist the United Arab Emiratesin developing its air defence system and repairing defence equipment, besides providing offshorepatrol vehicles as the Gulf country hopes to expand ties beyond its traditional partnerPakistan.

Robust defence ties is a key pillar of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership thatIndia and the UAE plan to conclude during Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed AlNahyan�s visit to Delhi as the chief guest for the Republic Day, officialssaid.

India sees the UAE as one of its main destinationsfor arms exports in the future, they said.

�Air defence is another area where Indiacan assist the UAE given the newfound expertise that India is building on,� Ananta Centre,a leading Indian public policy forum said in a comprehensive report on India-UAE ties ahead of the Crown Prince�s visit.

The report further said, �For instance,L&T has procured an order for 100 selfpropelled track air defence guns in partnership with a Korean company.

The product of the Korean company was not environmentally suitable but the product was acclimatisedand made suitable to be used in the UAE.

Therefore, acclimatised products being developedin India a re products that can meet the UAE�s requirements.

� The report said that private shipyards inIndia can provide offshore patrol vessels and designs exist for frigates and corvettesto meet requirements of the Gulf nation.

�The UAE has been buying these from Europeand the US.

India could well provide the UAE these interceptor boats developed by companieslike L&T and others,� it said.