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India and Russia Solidifying Military Links

New deals include agreements on air defenses and submarines


By Sputnik and Russia Insider

The Russian and Indian defense ministers signed a military-technical cooperation agreement in followup to the India-Russia Intergovernmental Commission for Military-Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC), the Russian Defense Ministry press service said Monday.
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“A protocol aimed at developing bilateral Russian-Indian relations in the military-technical field was signed following the commission meeting,” the press service told reporters.

Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, following talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu, called Moscow a “privileged” strategic partner in the field.
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“We have very close and strong connections in the area of defense. Russia has been and remains to date India’s leading partner,” Parrikar, who arrived in Moscow for the IRIGC-MTC on Friday, said.
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Parrikar said earlier that he expected to sign an S-400 Triumf air defense system contract with Moscow. Cmdr. Abhijit Singh, serving officer of the Indian Navy, told Sputnik last week that New Delhi was planning to lease Russian-made Akula II-class submarines.
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Russia is among India’s foremost weapons suppliers. Over two-thirds of the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy military equipment is Russian- or Soviet-made.
IRIGC-MTC was established in 2000 to enhance bilateral cooperation in the military sphere. It is co-chaired by Parrikar and Shoigu.