Russia, India Make Progress in S-400 Systems, BrahMos Missiles, Ka-226 Choppers
12:59 26.10.2016(updated 13:44 26.10.2016)
The Russian and Indian defense ministries have been tasked with developing cooperation in the military-technical field, and have already made progress in talks on joint projects, including on S-400 air defense systems, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – At the 16th Russia-India intergovernmental commission on military cooperation, Shoigu said:
"We note progress in our large projects such as joint construction of Ka-226 helicopters, BrahMos cruise missiles, S-400 Triumph air defense systems."
"I think today is a good opportunity to summarize the past year and identify the challenges for the next year. We are ready to discuss the most pressing issues, problems and prospects of our military and military-technical cooperation. Additional tasks assigned during the meeting of the leaders of Russia and India on October 15-16 suggest that we need to expand our sphere of military-technical cooperation," the minister added.
Shoigu also said that the sides had already started discussing and would continue discussing all those issues, in particular, related to the after-sales service of the previously supplied military equipment.
He also agreed with Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar that "it is necessary to prepare a more extensive and more voluminous road map for bilateral military cooperation" between the military departments of the two countries.
Russia has been India's longtime partner in multifaceted defense cooperation. To date, both countries are implementing several bilateral projects and are developing the BrahMos multipurpose missile system and the Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). India is also mastering batch production of Su-30 Flanker-C fighters and T-90 tanks under a Russian license.
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