MOSCOW (Sputnik) — At the 16th Russia-India intergovernmental commission on military cooperation, Shoigu said:
"I think today is a good opportunity to summarize the past year and identify the challenges for the next year. We are ready to discuss the most pressing issues, problems and prospects of our military and military-technical cooperation. Additional tasks assigned during the meeting of the leaders of Russia and India on October 15-16 suggest that we need to expand our sphere of military-technical cooperation," the minister added.
He also agreed with Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar that "it is necessary to prepare a more extensive and more voluminous road map for bilateral military cooperation" between the military departments of the two countries.
Russia has been India’s longtime partner in multifaceted defense cooperation. To date, both countries are implementing several bilateral projects and are developing the BrahMos multipurpose missile system and the Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). India is also mastering batch production of Su-30 Flanker-C fighters and T-90 tanks under a Russian license.