25th India-Russia intergovernmental commission meeting in Kerala

Kochi : 25th India-Russia intergovernmental commission meeting on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) will be under way in the city till February 21.

Vice Admiral G.S. Pabby, Chief of Material of the Indian Navy, and Rear Admiral I.M. Zvarich, Chief of Engineering of Russian Navy, inaugurated the India-Russia intergovernmental commission meeting.

The Russian delegation comprises over 120 delegates from the Russian Navy, Russian government department, the Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), and JSC Rosoborn export.

India-Russia both sides focused on product support aspects of Russian-origin equipment with special emphasis on the manufacture of spares and their repair in India, with the involvement of the Indian industry under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

The discussions were on providing speedy support for aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, refits of EKM (Sindhughosh) class submarines and enhancing product support mechanisms for aircraft and missile systems on board ships and submarines.

The two sides will also be discussing a number of aspects related to enhancing operational availability and life cycle support of the naval acquisitions from Russia.

The IRIGC-MTC Sub-group (Navy) is a forum to discuss various aspects related to acquisition and product support of military equipment on board Indian naval ships, submarines and aircraft acquired from Russia.

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