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India looking to extend USD100 million credit line to Kyrgyzstan for defence equipment

03 June 2019
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India aims to extend a USD100 million line of credit to Kyrgyzstan to facilitate the procurement of assorted military equipment and technology, according to reports.

Official sources told Jane’s that India is planning to supply the Central Asian country with indigenously developed driving and gunnery simulators for Russian T-72 and T-90 main battle tanks and BMP-series infantry combat vehicles.

It also aims to upgrade other Soviet-era/Russian-made land platforms and systems along with body armour and protective helmets for use by the Kyrgyz military.

Bilateral defence ties between Bishkek and New Delhi have been strengthening since 2011 after the special forces of both countries discretely launched the ‘Khanjar’ series of joint counter-terrorism and high-altitude exercises.

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