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India, Russia to extend military cooperation till 2020

world Updated: Oct 14, 2009 22:21 IST

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India and Russia will sign a pact on Thursday to extend their military cooperation programme till 2020 as Defence Minister A K Antony and his counterpart Anatoly Serdyukov discussed a wide range of issues, including the upgradation of aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov.

Inaugurating the 9th session of the Intergovernmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation co-chaired by Antony, Serdyukov declared that closest defence cooperation with India would remain the "key pillar" of bilateral strategic partnership.

Antony, who arrived in Moscow on Tuesday on a three-day visit, had over one hour long tête-à-tête with Serdyukov, instead of the initial 30 minute one-to-one session.

Gorshkov upgradation, modernisation of the older fleet of Sukhoi Su-30 warplanes, serial production of T-90S main battle tanks in India and under the transfer of technology were among some of the issues reviewed by Antony and Serdyukov, Defence Ministry spokesperson Irina Kovalchuk said.

The intergovernmental commission co-chaired by the defence ministers of the two nations is the apex coordination body of the long-term defence programme for the development and delivery of new weapons platforms and weapons.

The Ministers will sign a pact tomorrow to extend their military cooperation programme till 2020.

India is the only country in the world with which Russia has this type of long-term defence cooperation programme.