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Modi government clears Tata-Airbus military plane order worth $1.9 billion

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The defence ministry has agreed to purchase 56 military transport aircrafts from Europe’s Airbus in collaboration with India’s Tata Advanced Systems in a deal worth USD 1.9 billion, said an official on Thursday.

Under the new proposal, the Airbus would build 16 twin-turboprop while TATA would manufacture the remaining 40 in Hyderabad in a technology transfer.

“The new project shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s determination to build a strong and constructive military force,” said a minister.

“I want to see India as the world’s number one defence importer and  have 70 percent of hardware manufactured domestically by the turn of the decade,” said PM Modi.

As per an official, other orders approved a few days back include 145 BAE Systems ultra-light artillery howitzers, Indo-Russian BrahMos cruise missiles for six warships and 197 Russian Kamov helicopters.

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China and Pakistan reach a Consensus on Defense Relations

The Prime Minister said Pakistan is willing to enhance strategic cooperation and pragmatic exchanges in all sectors with China, and ensure the smooth development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and contribute to the regional development and prosperity.

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He said the two militaries should also promote their defence relations comprehensively in the new era, maintain the common interests of the two countries and peace and stability of the region as well as the world.
Visiting Chinese Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Zhang Youxia. Wikimedia Commons.

Visiting Chinese Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Zhang Youxia has said the Chinese and Pakistani militaries should implement the consensus reached by leaders of the two counties and enhance strategic communication and pragmatic cooperation.

Zhang made the remarks during his meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday, appreciating that the Pakistani side firmly supports China over issues related to China’s core interests, Xinhua news agency.

He said the two militaries should also promote their defence relations comprehensively in the new era, maintain the common interests of the two countries and peace and stability of the region as well as the world.
Pakistani Prime Minister. Wikimedia Commons.

He said the two militaries should also promote their defence relations comprehensively in the new era, maintain the common interests of the two countries and peace and stability of the region as well as the world.

For his part, Abbasi said Pakistan and China have been seeing close relationships and have carried out broad and deep defence cooperation, adding that Pakistan firmly sticks to the one-China policy.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan is willing to enhance strategic cooperation and pragmatic exchanges in all sectors with China, and ensure the smooth development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and contribute to the regional development and prosperity. IANS.

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