Thursday, December 13, 2018

India-Russia Discuss Defence Cooperation During 18th IRIGC-MTC Meeting

India-Russia Discuss Defence Cooperation During 18th IRIGC-MTC Meeting

The 18thmeeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) was held here today. The meeting was co-chaired by Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation General Sergei Shoigu.

In the framework of the bilateral Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership, the IRIGC-MTC meeting discussed a wide range of issues relating to defence equipment, industry and technological engagement between India and Russia as well as after sales support/upgradation of military equipment of Russian origin. The Ministers expressed satisfaction at the dynamism and progress in bilateral defence cooperation. Intensive discussions were held on joint manufacturing projects, including the Kamov-226Thelicopters, naval frigates and projects related to land systems. The two sides also agreed to take forward inter-governmental arrangements for facilitating joint manufacturing of spares for Russian origin equipment in India, under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
With a view to enhancing military-to-military engagement and rationalising the functioning of the Commission, a revised Inter-Governmental Agreement on restructuring the existing IRIGC-MTC to the IRIGC on Military and Military Technical Cooperation was also signed by the two Ministers. An additional institutional Working Group headed by Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman COSE (CISC) and Deputy Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of General Staff of Armed Forces of Russian Federation would be set up under the expanded Commission. 

The Ministers expressed satisfaction progress in structured engagement between their armed forces, including joint exercises, resumption of training exchanges and other interactions in the framework of the Bilateral Road Map on Defence Cooperation signed in June 2017. 

The inaugural meeting of the IRIGC-MTC is proposed to be held in Russia in 2019 on mutually convenient dates.

Indian Defence University workshop on ‘Ideas for Sustainability’

Indian Defence University (IDU) organised a two-day workshop on 'Ideas for Sustainability' for senior and middle level officers from the three Services, here today. The workshop intends to cover the following:

•     How to build robustness in systems and processes to achieve sustainability within the organisation and their ecosystem?
•      Ideas and solutions to address the challenges to sustainability.
•     Strategy to formulate and improve new programmes and initiatives that will contribute to build more sustainable Defence Services Organisations that are relevant and ready for the future.

The workshop commenced with the welcome address by Deputy Chief of Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff Lt Gen PJS Pannu followed by keynote address by Chief of Integrated Defence Staff Lt Gen PS Rajeshwar. The workshop will be conducted as panel discussions and talks by subject experts. The workshop aims to touch various issues, which provide strength to any institution i.e.,economic factor, internal and external factors. How important it is for any institution to remain inclusive, diverse and adaptable?

This workshop is third in the series, prior to this, a Capsule on Defence Acquisition Management process was conducted involving experts from the fields for Acquisition/Procurement at Service Headquarters/Command/Corps Headquarters from May 16 to 18, 2018 in New Delhi. This was followed by a workshop on Artificial Intelligence and its Military application. A total strength of 80 officers, including selected senior and middle level officers from Services HQs, HQ IDS and training institutions involved in policy formulation on AI & its implementation framework had attended the workshop.

Ideas for sustainability is an apt topic especially in the backdrop of various studies ordered for transformation of Indian Armed Forces. It is essential to see through the ultimate objective planned to be achieved and set building blocks to strengthen the structure and process involved in institution building, so that there is sustainability in whatever steps are taken and finally we achieve our goals.

During the workshop, eminent speakers will share their pragmatic experience of establishing an institution, strengthening it by providing sustainable structures and processes, modifying it with the changing times and adapting them to remain on course set by the founder members and maintaining high standards. Few notable speakers.

These initiatives by IDU, touching niche areas i.e., Acquisition, Artificial Intelligence, and Sustainability etc. are excellent steps in the right direction to set the path for this University to be of a world class standard. This would also facilitate establishing linkages with the renowned Institutions / Universities.

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