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India-Russia Sign Defence Cooperation Agreement
Nov 19, 2015

India and Russia have inked a defence cooperation agreement, outlining the road for new acquisitions as well as fast pacing the ongoing projects Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his Russian counterpart signed the agreement in Moscow at the end of India-Russia Intergovernmental Commission for Military-Technical Cooperation meeting.

  • The two sides also finalised the biggest ever defence deal for acquiring S-400 anti-ballistic missile systems from Moscow at a cost of around Rs. 70,000 crore.

  • The mega deal, along with an agreement to get another nuclear submarine, is likely to be formally signed during the visit to Russia of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who would be travelling to Moscow sometime in December for an annual summit with President Vladimir Putin.

  • India’s decision to go for S-400, which can kill an enemy missile from a range of 400 km, has come barely six months after the eastern neighbour China deciding to acquire six S-400 systems from Russia.

  • One S-400 system is capable of providing foolproof shield to an area in around 20 km of radius.

  • India needs to cater for in future, for such a missile system, which is said to the world’s most potent air defence system of the present time.

  • India, according to sources, also finalised a contract for acquiring another nuclear-powered submarine for ten years of lease from Russia, which will also be signed during India PM’s visit.

  • Both sides positively assessed the progress of work on the design of a promising multifunctional fighter aircraft and a multi-purpose cargo aircraft, a licensed production of Su-30MKI fighters and T-90S tanks, the implementation of the program for the creation and production of BrahMos missiles.


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