India and Russia defence cooperation moves forward
The twelfth meeting of the India-Russia Inter-governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation was held in New Delhi recently. The Indian delegation was led by the Defence Minister A.K. Antony and the Russian delegation was led by A.E. Serdyukov, Defence Minister of the Russian Federation.
The Commission endorsed the protocols of the meetings of the working group on shipbuilding, aviation and land systems (WG SALS) and the working group on military technical cooperation (WG-MTC) which were held in New Delhi on August 27-28, 2012 and August 30-31, 2012 respectively. The Commission appreciated the work done by the co-Chairmen and members of both the working groups and noted with approval the significant progress made in promoting bilateral military technical cooperation between the two countries.
The Commission noted that during the period under review, the two countries had taken various steps to deepen interaction in the development of defence technologies, modernisation of military equipment and joint manufacture of military-purpose prod- ucts. The two sides confirmed that such cooperation involves the strengthening of interactions between the armed forces, defence industry enterprises and research agencies of the two countries.