De­fence Sec­re­tary leads team to Rus­sia

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

Adel­e­ga­tion rep­re­sent­ing all three armed ser­vices and led by De­fence Sec­re­tary R.K. Mathur will be on an of­fi­cial visit to Moscow, to re­view bi­lat­eral de­fence projects and speed up de­ci­sions. The meet­ing comes a few days af­ter the In­dian Navy’s worst ever disas­ter — the sink­ing of the INS Sind­hu­rak­shak, which claimed the lives of 18 per­son­nel.

While Rus­sia has of­fered to as­sist in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, given that the plat­form re­cently re­turned from a three-year re­fit in the coun­try, other is­sues on the ta­ble will in­clude the fifth-gen­er­a­tion fighter air­craft (FGFA), which has re­cently stirred con­tro­versy with HAL sig­nalling that it will sur­ren­der 30 per cent work- share given to it as a re­sult of ca­pac­ity bur­dens, the Vikra­ma­ditya and the mul­ti­role trans­port air­craft.

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