New Delhi, 27 November 1962
New Delhi, 27th November, 1962
My Dear Minister,
In response to requests from the Government of India, the United Kingdom Government is prepared to provide the Government of India
with arms and military equipment for the purpose of defending India against Chinese aggression.
2. It is the understanding of Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland that the Government
of India :
(a) Will obtain the consent of the United Kingdom Government prior to the transfer of title to or possession of any arms and equipment
so provided and will take appropriate measures to protect their security;
(b) Will offer necessary facilities to representatives of the United Kingdom Government attached to the staff of the British High
Commission in India for the purpose of observing and reviewing the these arms and equipment and will provide them with such information
as may be necessary for that purpose;
(c) Will offer for return to the United Kingdom Government such items as are no longer needed for the purpose for which they were
3. The items of the arms and military equipment to be thus provided will be agreed from time to time between the Government of India
and the United Kingdom Government and will be provided without payment within an agreed financial limit.
4. The United Kingdom Government will be responsible for the transport to India of arms and equipment provided by them under these
5. A reply agreeing to these arrangements and confirming that the understandings stated in paragraph 2 of this letter are correct
will constitute an agreement between the Government of India and the Government of the United Kingdom which shall come into force
on the date of the Government of India's reply.
Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations.
MINISTER OF DEFENCE
New Delhi, November 27, 1962
My Dear Minister,
I write to acknowledge your letter dated the 27th November, 1962, which reads as follows :
[See letter T1]
2. I confirm that the Government of India agree to the arrangements set out above and that the understandings quoted are correct.
I agree that your letter and this reply should constitute an agreement between our two Governments which come into force on the date
of this reply.
The Rt. Hon'ble DUNCAN SANDYS
Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations,
British High Commission, New Delhi.