India, Russia Mark 18th IRIGC-MTC Meeting

India, Russia Mark 18th IRIGC-MTC Meeting

India's Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman met with Russian Federation General Sergei Shoigu on 13th December, marking the 18th meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC).

The Defence Ministry took to its official Twitter account saying, "Raksha Mantri Smt @nsitharaman with Minister of Defence of Russian Federation Gen @SShoiguRussia signing protocol of 18th meeting and agreement on establishing Indian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission on Military and Military-Technical Cooperation (IRIGC- MTC) on 13 Dec 2018."

In the framework of the bilateral Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership, the IRIGC-MTC meeting discussed a wide range of issues relating to defense equipment, industry and technological engagement between India and Russia as well as after sales support/upgradation of military equipment of Russian origin.

The Ministers expressed satisfaction at the dynamism and progress in bilateral defense cooperation. Intensive discussions were held on joint manufacturing projects, including the Kamov-226T helicopters, naval frigates and projects related to land systems. The two sides also agreed to take forward inter-governmental arrangements for facilitating joint manufacturing of spares for Russian origin equipment in India, under the 'Make in India' initiative.

SOURCE- Business Standard

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