The India-Russia ‘BrahMos Aerospace’ defence partnership, which began in 1998, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Since 2005, the BrahMos missile has been in service.
Since its inception in 1998, the India-Russia BrahMos Aerospace Defense Partnership has lasted 25 years. BrahMos is the fastest and most powerful modern precision strike weapon, marking the incredible journey of one of India’s most successful, cutting-edge military partnership programmes.
The ‘Silver Jubilee Year’ celebrations would begin on June 12 to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the unbeatable BrahMos’ first supersonic launch, and would end on February 12, 2023, on ‘BrahMos Raising Day.
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In the field of defence, India and Russia have a long and fruitful relationship. Military-technical cooperation between India and Russia has progressed from a buyer-seller model to one that includes joint research, development, and production of advanced defence technologies and systems.
Examples of flagship cooperation include the BrahMos Missile System and the licenced production of SU-30 aircraft and T-90 tanks in India.
Defence cooperation between India and Russia
India and Russia have a long history of defence cooperation that is based on mutual trust. Despite the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, India’s traditionally close ties with Russia and other countries in the Eurasian region remained strong in 2021-22.
The success of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India for the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit highlighted Russia’s unique role in India’s foreign policy.
The first 2+2 Dialogue of Foreign and Defense Ministers between India and Russia, as well as the 20th meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation in New Delhi on December 6, 2021, demonstrate the close ties between Moscow and New Delhi.
There were regular high-level exchanges between India and Russia at the Ministerial and senior official levels throughout the year, as well as several virtual meetings.
Both Russians and Indians value and share the qualities of friendship and loyalty, and this is something that binds the people of the two countries, particularly members of their permanent bureaucracies, in ways that outside observers rarely notice.
The two countries’ mutually beneficial strategic cooperation has grown stronger and more diverse over time.