NEW DELHI, January 19, 2004 (RIA Novosti) - The goal of the visit of Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov to India is the further development of bilateral cooperation in the military and military-technical field, said a source in the Russian delegation.

"Strategic partnership is based on the coincidence of the two states' vital national interests. We are well aware of the importance of cooperation with India for bilateral relations and international security. It promotes the formation of a balanced-out, multipolar system of relations on the world scale," said the source.

At present, Russian-Indian military cooperation is large dynamic, a true reflection of strategic cooperation between the two countries.

The Russian-Indian program of military-technical cooperation, singed in December 1998 until 2010, involves actually every area of military and military-technical cooperation. One of the main directions of naval cooperation is the implementation of the agreement between the Russian and Indian governments on the transfer to India of the heavy aircraft-carrier the Admiral Gorshkov, its repair, updating and the supply of shipborne aircraft Mig-29K for it.

The source also noted the success of the on-going project to equip India's land forces with T-90S tanks. Thanks to the use of the latest equipment and systems, the tank can wage combat in any conditions, including at night.

Russia is ready to help India in upgrading tanks, military aircraft, artillery systems, other military hardware in service in India.

According to the source in the Russian delegation, work of the Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos merits high appraisal. Recent regular tests of the BrahMos cruise missile were recently passed to success.

Such joint ventures as BrahMos set the example of a qualitative change in military-technical cooperation from the seller-buyer relations to military-industrial cooperation, said the source.

Military-technical cooperation between Russia and India has recently been actively developing in the training of Indian military specialists either. Focus is on the training of Indian military specialists from among combat crews and the technical personnel servicing modern specimens of Russian arms and the military hardware.

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