India, Russia to hold first-ever air force war game in 2014

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    India, Russia to hold first-ever air force war game in 2014

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    In a major boost to their military ties, India and Russia on Monday decided to hold their first ever joint air forces exercise next year, even as they agreed to jointly strategise on policies and cooperation in the fast-changing global security scenario.

    The decisions came during the Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation meeting between Indian Defence Minister A K Antony and his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu in Moscow just two days after the Russian-built INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier was handed over to the Indian Navy.

    “India and Russia have agreed to expand the range of their strategic partnership in a significant manner,” a Defence Ministry spokesperson, who has accompanied Antony to Moscow, said after the meeting.

    However, he did not specify if the proposal from India to lease a second Akula-II class nuclear-powered submarine from Russia had been discussed by the ministers. India has already leased a Russian nuclear-powered submarine of the Akula-II class for 10 years paying near Rs 5,000 crore in early 2012 and christened it INS Chakra, a key asset that would help Indian submariners to train ahead of the induction of India’s own nuclear-powered submarine Arihant in a couple of years from now.

    Russia is India’s largest arms supplier and almost 80 per cent of all Indian military weapons, equipment, systems and vehicles are of Russian origin. However, the recent move by India to buy critical defence equipment from other nations, especially military aircraft such as C-17s, C-130J and P-8I from the US, has caused heartburns in Russia. There have also been sticky issues with regard to technology transfers and after-sales support from Russian military industries.

    On this front, the two ministers reviewed all key defence supplies by Russia to India, especially the licenced production of the T-90 Tanks for the Indian Army and the Sukhoi Su-30 air superiority combat planes for the Indian Air Force. Both Antony and Shoigu felt that the two nations should sign a long-term maintenance support agreement.

    Their two navies would soon hold their joint exercise in 2014 in the Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan. The two nation’s navies hold their Indra series naval exercise annually. Only earlier this month, the two nations had concluded the annual Indra series joint army exercise in Rajasthan focusing on infantry combat vehicle in counter-terrorism operations.

    The two Ministers agreed that there was a need for further cooperation at all levels, especially in view of the regional and global challenges and to fight the menace of terrorism jointly. Both sides — which included Defence Secretary R K Mathur, Secretary Defence Production G C Pati, Indian Ambassador to Russia Ajay Malhotra, Air Marshal S Sukumar, Vice Admiral N N Kumar, Lt Gen Narendra Singh and Director General Acquisition S B Agnihotri — also reviewed the situation in West Asia, especially in Syria, and the evolving paradigm in Afghanistan.

    “In order to give a new impetus to the relationship, which has gathered momentum over the years, the two sides agreed that the time has come to expand the cooperation not only in product design and development, which has made significant progress over the years, but also to involve various echelons of the defence establishments in strategising policies and cooperation in the fast changing global security scenario,” the spokesperson said.

    Referring to their joint Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) and Multi-role Transport Aircraft (MTA) projects, Antony said the two projects were significant because they symbolised going past the buyer-seller relationship between Russia and India. He said both sides must give their best at all phases of the execution of the two next-generation projects, including design, development and production.

    Shoigu assured that the Russian naval aviation specialists would train Indian naval combat pilots fully on taking-off and landing on board INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier. In all probability, the training would be provided in Goa, which has the Indian naval air base INS Hansa, which is the home-base for the Russian origin MiG-29K combat jets that are operated from on board INS Vikramaditya. INS Hansa also has a shore-based training facility for ‘Short Take Off But Arrested Landing’ of the combat planes akin to an aircraft carrier’s flight deck.

    Before the meeting, Antony and his delegation went to Poklonnaya Gora (Bow-Down Hill) at Victory Park and laid a wreath at the World War-II memorial.

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    Training helicopters flights during Indra-2012 joint drills.

    In a major concrete deliverable at the 13th meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) in Moscow on November 18, the two sides decided to hold the first-ever joint India-Russia Air Force Exercise which will be held next year.

    The two Defence Ministers AK Antony (India) and Sergey Shoigu (Russia), who co-chaired the IRIGC-MTC meeting, also decided that the will hold next year a joint navy exercise in the Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan.

    This will complete the triad of Indo-Russian joint military exercises as the two countries’ armies had recently held Exercise Indra in Rajasthan with prime focus being on anti-terrorism. Sitanshu Kar, chief spokesperson of the Indian defence ministry, said in a press note issued on Monday evening that the two defence ministers agreed that there is a need for further cooperation at all levels, especially in view of the regional and global challenges and to fight the menace of terrorism jointly. Both sides reviewed the situation in West Asia, especially in Syria and the evolving paradigm in Afghanistan.

    New thrust to Indo-Russian strategic cooperation

    The two defence ministers also decided to give a new thrust to Indo-Russian strategic cooperation. They agreed that the time has come to expand the cooperation not only in product design and development, which has made significant progress over the years but also to involve various echelons of the defence establishments in strategizing policies and cooperation in the fast changing global security scenario, Kar said.

    Two issues came up for some intense discussions at the IRIGC-MTC meeting: Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) and Multi-role Transport Aircraft (MTA). On these two issues Antony went on record as saying that the two projects are significant because they symbolise going past the relationship of buyer- seller. He said both sides must give their best at all phases of the execution of these two projects- design, development and production, Kar quoted Antony as saying.

    For his part, Shoigu assured that the naval aviation specialists will train Indian pilots fully for take- offs and landing on INS Vikramaditya and in all probability it will be held in Goa. The IRIGC-MTC meeting also reviewed issues relating to T-90 tanks and SU-30 projects.

    On the issue of after sales support, both sides felt that they should sign long-term maintenance support agreement, the MoD’s press note said.

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    India, Russia to hold first ever joint Air Force Exercise in 2014

    India and Russia today agreed to expand the range of their strategic partnership in a significant manner and to hold their first joint Air Force level exercise in 2014.

    At the 13th Meeting of the India – Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) here, the two sides also decided to hold a joint Navy Exercise in the Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan, also next year.

    The meeting, co-chaired by Defence Minister A K Antony and his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu, came just two days after the successful commissioning of aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya into the Indian Navy.

    INS Vikramaditya, the former Admiral Gorshkov, has been bought by India from Russia after a refurbishment that has cost $ 2.3 billion.

    An official press release said the meeting was held in an atmosphere of cordiality and warmth.

    The Armies of the two countries had recently held Exercise Indra in Rajasthan and the focus was on anti-terrorism.

    The two Ministers agreed that there was a need for further cooperation at all levels, especially in view of the regional and global challenges, and to fight the menace of terrorism jointly.

    Both sides reviewed the situation in West Asia, especially in Syria and the evolving paradigm in Afghanistan.

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    The release said that, in order to give a new impetus to the relationship which has gathered momentum over the years, the two sides agreed that the time had come to expand the cooperation not only in product design and development, which has made significant progress over the years but also to involve various echelons of the defence establishments in strategising policies and cooperation in the fast changing global security scenario.

    Referring to Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) and Multi-role Transport Aircraft (MTA), Mr Antony said the two projects were significant because they symbolise going beyond their buyer-seller relationship of the past.

    He said both sides must give their best at all phases of the execution of these two projects - design, development and production.

    Mr Shoigu assured the meeting that naval aviation specialists will train Indian pilots fully for take-offs and landing on INS Vikramaditya and in all probability it will be held in Goa.

    The meeting also reviewed issues relating to T-90 tanks and SU-30 projects.

    On the issue of after-sales support, both sides felt that they should sign long-term maintenance support agreement.

    Earlier in the morning, Mr Antony and the members of the Indian delegation drove down to Poklonnaya Gora (Bow-Down Hill) at Victory Park and laid a wreath at the World War-II Memorial. He was also presented a ceremonial guard of honour.

    The Indian delegation included Defence Secretary R K Mathur, Secretary Defence Production G C Pati, Indian Ambassador to Russia Ajai Malhotra, Air Marshal S Sukumar, Vice Admiral N N Kumar, Lt Gen Narendra Singh and DG Acquisition S B Agnihotri.

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    Re: India, Russia to hold first ever Air Force exercise next year

    will these happen frequently.

    will usa accept india holding joint exercises with russia using usa weaponry in future like apache,c-130j,c-17 etc
     
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    Re: India, Russia to hold first ever Air Force exercise next year

    We sent the SU30's and IL76 to US for joint exercise. So they cannot object India's Usage of those platforms.

    Also we have not signed End Usage Monitoring Agreement?
     
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    Re: India, Russia to hold first ever joint Air Force Exercise in 2014

    very interesting.
    Russia helped india to build an air force.trained them for years.supported the machinery.but never had a joint exersice .why could this be so???
     

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