The twelfth meeting of
the India-Russia Inter-governmental Commission on Military Technical
Cooperation was held in New Delhi today. The Indian delegation was led
by the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony and the Russian delegation was
led by Shri AE Serdyukov, Defence Minister of the Russian Federation.
During the meeting of the Commission, which was conducted in a spirit of
mutual cooperation and understanding, the two sides expressed readiness
to take all necessary measures to further expand the cooperation on a
mutually beneficial basis.
The Commission endorsed the Protocols of the meetings of the Working
Group on Shipbuilding, Aviation and Land Systems, (WG SALS) and the
Working Group on Military Technical Cooperation (WG-MTC) which were held
in New Delhi on 27-28 August, 2012 and 30-31 August, 2012 respectively.
The Commission appreciated the work done by the Co-Chairmen and Members
of both the Working Groups and noted with approval the significant
progress made in promoting bilateral military technical cooperation
between the two countries.
The Commission noted that during the period under review, the two
countries have taken various steps to deepen interaction in the
development of defence technologies, modernization of military equipment
and joint manufacture of military-purpose products. The two sides
confirmed that such cooperation involves the strengthening of
interactions between the Armed Forces, defense industry enterprises and
research agencies of the two countries.
The Commission reviewed and discussed the status of some of the major
issues in Military Technical Cooperation. Earlier, immediately after his
arrival this morning, Mr. AE Serdyukov visited Amar Jawan Jyoti at India
Gate and laid a wreath in the war memorial. Later he was accorded a
tri-services Guard of Honour at the Lawns of South Block. Shri
Antonyalso hosted a lunch in honour of the visiting Russian Defence
Minister and his delegation.