New Delhi: Looking to strengthen military ties, Army Chief Gen V K Singh will be in Britain on a five-day official visit starting February 13 during which he will tour training establishments and witness a defence exercise.

Singh will hold discussions with senior military leaders about the ways of strengthening defence ties between the two countries, Army officials said here.

He will also call on the British Secretary of Defence and discuss the ways of extending the existing cooperation between the defence forces of the two sides.

He will also meet the British Chief of General Staff Gen Peter Wall.

Singh will visit the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, which was the cradle of Indian army's leadership in the pre-independence era.

The Army Chief will also interact with the famous Special Forces of Britain during the visit.

After completing his official engagements on February 17, the army chief will return to India on February 20, they said.

The two sides have strong defence cooperation and a British delegation is right now visiting India to hold discussions with the Defence Ministry and the Industry here.

The visiting team today held delegation-level meetings with Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma and discussed the ongoing and future defence cooperation.

A British team led by its Minister for International Security Strategy Gerald Howarth had met Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju on Monday.

(Agencies)