Military Capabilities

India, Russia agree to further expand bilateral defence co-operation

07 November 2019

New Delhi and Moscow have agreed to imminently upgrade after-sales service facilities for Russian materiel in service with the Indian military and advance an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) on reciprocal logistics support between the two countries' militaries.

During a 6 November meeting of the 19th India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military and Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-M&MTC) in Moscow, the two sides also agreed to allow India's state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) to imminently start licence-building 750,000 Kalashnikov AK-203 7.62 mm assault rifles.

The Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited joint venture, which was formed in March to manufacture the rifles, has been awaiting a formal agreement before starting production at the OFB unit in Korwa, about 680 km southeast of New Delhi.

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