On his first bilateral visit outside the subcontinent, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have an "extremely substantive" agenda when he travels to Japan this weekend amid "great expectations" of the strategic and global partnership being taken to a new level.
In the wake of alleged chopper scam, India has put on hold all procurements from Italian defence group Finmeccannica and its affiliate companies, a move that will hit hard acquisitions for the armed forces as it is taking part in projects worth over Rs 30,000 crore.
Western governments are rushing to visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi, drawn by the prospect of multi-billion-dollar deals as the Indian government prepares to open the nascent defence industry to foreign investment.
India and France are expected to discuss the security situation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region along with the ongoing defence deals expected to be worth over Rs 80,000 crore between the two countries.
Piqued over Japan`s warm ties with India, an influential Chinese daily today said New Delhi`s wisdom lies in dealing with its disputes with Beijing calmly undisturbed by "internal and international provocateurs".
India is expected to sign defence deals worth over USD four billion for procuring additional 42 Su-30MKI combat jets and 59 Mi-17V5 choppers during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.
Promising a level playing field
for all firms in defence deals, Defence Minister AK Antony
on Tuesday asked them to refrain from corrupt practices and ruled
out any question of political interference in military
Admitting "setbacks" in its relations with Russia over delays in defence supplies, India on Friday said the two sides have signed an agreement which will help in improving the product support from that country.
Defence Minister A K Antony will undertake a three-day visit to Moscow from October 13 to attend the Ninth meeting of the India-Russia Inter Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC).