Sources told Sputnik that the agreement was signed at a meeting between India’s Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar and his visiting Vietnamese counterpart Gen Ngo Xuan Lich.
Received the Vietnamese Defence Minister Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich & had fruitful discussions on the expanding Indo-Vietnamese defence partnership. pic.twitter.com/nYBzZelQZX— Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) December 5, 2016
Vietnam has 36 Russia-made Sukhoi-30 fighter jets in service while the Indian Air Force operates over 200 jets of similar make. This puts India in an ideal position to pass on the finer points of handling Sukhoi jets to countries that have also inducted it in their air force.
In September this year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a $ 500 million credit line for defense co-operation during his visit to Vietnam. However, it is not clear whether the training costs would be financed through this credit line. India has also agreed to help Vietnamese in the upkeep of the Su-30MK2 aircraft.
This is the second major training program between the two nations. Indian armed forces have already trained 550 Vietnamese submariners to operate Russian built Kilo-class submarines.
During Modi’s visit to Vietnam in September this year, bilateral ties were upgraded to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.