India has agreed to train the southeast nation ‘Vietnam’s’ Sukhoi-30 fighter pilots. The agreement on this was reached during the bilateral discussions between the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his Vietnamese counterpart, General Ngo Xuan Lich.
“Details are being worked out. Their pilots will be trained here. The two Air Forces will now sit and work out the numbers and scope. It should start fairly quickly,” a defence source said.
“The terms and conditions of the LoC have been agreed upon. Vietnam has sought some concessions, to which we agreed. Some of it will be for modernisation of the existing equipment and the rest for new platforms,” sources said.
Mr. Parrikar offered “India’s partnership as a reliable player in terms of transfer of technology and building a local defence industry”.
"Both countries are going to further crank up their defence ties, with Parrikar also offering partnership in setting up defence manufacturing capacity in Vietnam. Gen Lich, who also met the PM and national security adviser Ajit Doval on Monday, said he wanted the two countries to also work closely in multilateral fora like the ADMM-Plus (Asean defence ministers' meeting-plus)," said a source.
The plan has been under negotiation for several years and is important from the India’s point of view to counter the assertive China in South China Sea.
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