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.

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