On the 11 th session of the Indian-Russian intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation
The 11 th session of the Indian-Russian intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) was held in Moscow on 4 October 2011.
IRIGC-MTC was instituted in 2000 to further bilateral defence cooperation. The first session was held in Moscow in June 2001.
IRIGC-MTC is the body drafting joint resolutions on all matters of the bilateral military-technical cooperation. The commission is headed by the Ministers of Defence of Russia and India.
IRIGC-MTC consists of two working groups – the MTC Working Group (headed by FSMTC of Russia First Deputy Director A.V. Fomin and Acquisition Director General of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of India V.Rae) and the Working Group on shipbuilding, aircraft engineering and production of land forces vehicles (headed by Industry and Trade Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation D.V. Manturov and Shekhar Agarwal, Secretary Defence Production), split into subgroups by types of armed forces.
The working groups and subgroups cover almost all areas of the military-technical cooperation. Agreements and their implementation mechanisms developed during IRIGC-MTC plenary sessions create the legal framework of military-technical cooperation between Russia and India.
A final Protocol was signed by the results of the IRIGC-MTC 11 th session, which outlines forward looking areas of the bilateral military-technical cooperation, ways to implement current projects, and address outstanding challenges.
Participants of the session discussed a wide range of matters relating to projects of bilateral military-technical cooperation, and first of all, such as:
Licensed production of Т-90С tanks in India;
Joint development and production of the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) and the Multi-Role Transport Aircraft (MRTA);
Construction of the Project 1135.6 frigates; and
Delivery of Mi-17V-5 helicopters.
The Parties highlighted a positive dynamics in the FGFA joint development, licensed production of Т-90С tanks in India, discussed extra procurements of Mi-17V-5 helicopters, and reached arrangements on further negotiations on upgrading T-72, Т-90С tanks, BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, and Mi-17-type helicopters currently in service with the Indian Armed Forces.
The Parties expressed their consent with setting up of a joint venture in India to produce various types of ammo, and discussed after-sales service of arms and vehicles and offset policy in acquisitions of military purpose products.
The Parties agreed to hold the next IRIGC-MTC session in India in 2012.
As a whole, the session showed a positive attitude of the partners to a further development of military-technical cooperation and constructive solution of arising challenges.
Date of publication: 20.12.2011