Posted by- Neelam Mathews
Sept 30, 2011-09-30
Defense Minister AK Antony starts his three-day visit to Moscow (Oct 3-5) to co-chair the 11th meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) with his Russian counterpart AE Serdyukov.
Antony will be accompanied by an official delegation including the Defense Secretary Shashikant Sharma, Secretary Defense Production Shekhar Aggarwal, Lt Gen MS Buttar, Air Marshal RK Sharma, Vice Admiral NN Kumar, Chief Controller of Research & Development of DRDO Avinash Chander, CMD Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Ashok Nayak and DG Acquisition Vivek Ray.
Besides regional and global security issues, the progress of ongoing projects such as Admiral Gorshkov, delivery of frigates and Multi-Role Transport Aircraft will come for discussion at the meeting. Aspects relating to licensed manufacture and maintenance of T-90 Tanks and Su-30 MKI Aircraft in India, are also in the agenda for discussion.
The Russians will offer a glance of the upcoming Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft by holding a test flight for Antony. The two countries have signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement for joint design, development and production of FGFA involving Sukhoi Design Bureau on the Russian Side and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited on the Indian side, says MoD.
In the run up to the IRGC-MTC meeting, seven sub-groups and two working groups covering all areas of military technical cooperation between the two countries have met and discussed a wide range of issues pertaining to equipment and technology transfer, product support.