Antony to review defence coop with Russia
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Last Updated: Friday, September 30, 2011, 15:03
  
New Delhi: Defence Minister A K Antony will be in Moscow on a three-day visit starting Monday to take stock of military cooperation between the two sides and review ongoing projects like delivery of aircraft-carrier Admiral Gorshkov, Su-30 MKI, T-90 tanks and frigates.

The Defence Minister will also witness the test-flight of the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) which is being developed under an Indo-Russian joint venture.

"The Defence Minister will co-chair the 11th meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) with his Russian counterpart A E Serdyukov," a Defence Ministry spokesperson said here.

The meeting is held in the run-up to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's summit-level talks with Russia, likely to be held in December.

Besides regional and global security issues, the two sides will review the progress of important ongoing projects such as Admiral Gorshkov, delivery of frigates and Multi-Role Transport Aircraft, he said.

The two sides will also deliberate upon aspects relating to licensed manufacture and maintenance of T-90 Tanks and Su-30 MKI Aircraft in India, the spokesperson said.

The two sides are also expected to discuss the delivery of K-152 Nerpa nuclear submarine which is being leased to India by Russia, non-adherence to delivery schedule, mid-contract cost escalation, lack of spare support and issues over Transfer of Technology of weapon systems procured from Russia by India.

In the run-up to the meeting, the Defence Secretary and several senior Ministry officials have visited Russia. Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma and former IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik had also gone there to review the respective projects of their services.

The meeting takes place every year and is held alternatively in India and Russia.

PTI


First Published: Friday, September 30, 2011, 15:03


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