February 26, 2021
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Boosting ties
Deepening defence cooperation with Russia India-Russia defence relations are set to receive a boost during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Moscow in the third week of December. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has done the ground work during his early November visit to Moscow during which he discussed issues ranging from the lease of second nuclear submarine to Fifth Generation Fighter aircraft and manufacture of weapon systems and platforms in India. Lot of contentious issues, like the maintenance problems of Su-30MKI and Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft, will also be on the menu during Putin-Modi meeting. Parrikar is reported to have given a final shape for the proposal for acquiring second Akula class submarine. The Putin-Modi meeting is expected to put their final stamp of approval on the transfer of second Akula class submarine on lease to India. The first nuclear Submarine christened INS Chakra was inducted in Indian Navy in 2011. Earlier India had inducted the first ever Charlie class nuclear submarine in 1989 on ten year lease and has already been returned to the Russian shipyard. The second Akula class nuclear submarine, though, would not be armed with nuclear missiles like the first one. However, this will roam in the Indian Ocean with impunity and thus can help Indian Navy keep a close watch in the Indian Ocean with enhanced surveillance capacity. Acquisition program Parrikar also discussed the acquisition of long range air def
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