Russian Defense Minister to Visit Largest Military Partner India in 2015

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 20:09

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov stated that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu will pay an official visit to India.

MOSCOW, December 24 (Sputnik) — Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu will pay an official visit to India, Russia's largest importer of military equipment, in 2015, deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Wednesday.

"The official visit of Russia's Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu is in next year's plans," Antonov said during a Rossiya Segodnya briefing.

Speaking about military achievements accomplished jointly by the two countries, Antonov noted that "the mechanism of joint staff Russia-India negotiations has been launched, this year we conducted training of all three types of armed services."

India remains Russia's largest military-technical cooperation partner. "Alongside supplying it [India] with ready-made models of weapons, we continue to assist the development of its military-industrial complex," Antonov said.

Indian air force Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft takes off at the opening ceremony of Aero India 2011 in Yelahanka air base on the outskirts of Bangalore, India, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011

According to Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation estimates, Russia has supplied India with $4,78 billion's worth of weapons and military equipment in 2013.

Aside from arms exports, Russia and India cooperate in the development new military equipment. BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture of both countries, developed the first-of-its-kind short range ramjet supersonic cruise missile BrahMos.

India also leases Russian equipment, such as the Akula-class nuclear-powered submarine.

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