Confidentiality agreement for FGFA signed between India, Russia

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New Delhi, Aug 19 (UNI) India has signed a confidentiality agreement with Russia on cooperation into the Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project following the conclusion of the two-day Indo-Russian Working Group meeting on Military Technical Cooperation today.

The technical requirements for the aircraft have been finalised and handed over to the Russian side in May this year and the draft general agreement will be prepared by the Russian side and given to the Indian government next month, according to Defence sources.

The Inter-Governmental Agreement on the design and development of FGFA was concluded between Russia and India in October last year.

The two sides also discussed India's concerns over product support required for the indigenous production of T-90 tanks, specially the urgent requirement of specification of the T-90 gun barrels which the Russian side agreed to do by the end of this year, sources added.

Meanwhile, a Defence spokesman today said the two-day 8th meeting of the Indo-Russian Working Group on Shipbuilding, Aviation and Land Systems based on the framework of the 8th meeting of Indo-Russian Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation concluded today.

While noting ''considerable progress'' in the development of military and technical cooperation between the two countries, both sides agreed to take ''all necessary measures'' to further develop cooperation on a mutually beneficial basis, he added.

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