Russia and India sign protocol on broader defense cooperation

Russian, Indian ministers signed document on broader military-technical cooperation

The defense ministers of Russia and India, Army Gen. Sergei Shoigu and Manohar Parrikar, respectively, have signed a document aimed at developing military-technical cooperation, a spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters on Nov. 2.

"Following a meeting of the commission, a protocol was signed aimed at developing Russia and India's bilateral relations in the military-technical sphere," the spokesperson said.

At a Nov. 2 meeting of the intergovernmental Russian-Indian commission for military-technical cooperation, the two defense ministers discussed the possibility of broadening arms and military-hardware projects, increasing the number and scale of bilateral military drills and cooperation in the field of military education.

In addition, the minister noted the great potential for the two countries' cooperation in missile and naval technologies and aircraft-building, the spokesperson said.

"The heads of the defense ministries noted the great potential for cooperation on missile and naval technologies, aircraft-building, ship-building and upgrading the equipment of ground forces," the defense ministry spokesperson told reporters.

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