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Belarus To Manufacture Defence Equipment Under Make In India Program

Indian Defense News 2017-09-13 00:00:00

A Belarus manufactured Air Defence System

India would immensely benefit from military cooperation with Belarus as it would ensure transfer of high-end Belorussian technology for upgrading Soviet-era tanks and military equipment

NEW DELHI — Belarus has agreed to manufacture defence equipment in India in partnership with the Indian industry. An agreement to this effect was signed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on the last day of the latter's visit to New Delhi.

"We will encourage joint development and manufacturing in defence sector under the Make in India program. We have also progressed our discussion on utilising the US$ 100 million line of credit that India had offered in 2015 to specific projects in Belarus," Narendra Modi said after the signing of 10 Memorandum of Understanding with Belarus in New Delhi.

Prime Minister Modi also said that apart from the defence sector, there were possibilities for partnership between the two countries in the manufacturing of tires, agro-industrial machinery, and mining equipment. However, both the leaders chose not to divulge specific details about joint defence projects.