June 20, 2017

Jaitley to hold Indo-Russian military technical cooperation meeting during 4-day Moscow visit

In order to expedite military supply platforms by Russia to India, Defence minister Arun Jaitley is leaving for four day visit to Moscow.

Starting from June 20, will be Arun Jaitley’s second visit to Russia, as he made his last visit in April. During his visit, Jaitley will hold Indo-Russian military technical cooperation meeting and multiple issues of defence will be discussed his meeting with Russian counterpart General Sergey Shoygu.

According to defence ministry, Jaitley will be received by the Russian deputy prime minister and will hold discussion in the high level committee on cooperation in field of high technologies of military, dual and civil purpose.

Besides, Jaitley will have a close door meeting with his counterpart to work out pending issues including sale of S400 air defence systems. It is also believed that during the meeting, future course of action on the jinxed Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) will also be held.

Earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin had given the go ahead for setting up an Indo-Russian joint venture for production of 200 Kamov military helicopters for India under a $1-billion deal. Both Jaitley and Shoygu is expected to further expedite the process of setting up manufacturing unit for the much needed light utility helicopters for the armed forces.


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