April 9. Information Center - India and the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan on Friday agreed to step up defence
industrial cooperation and mutual capacity building. Defence
Minister Rajnath Singh held talks with visiting Kazakh Defence Minister
Lieutenant General Nurlan Yermekbayev, Janam TV reports.
that both sides must look at the possibility of co-production and
co-development in defence production. Kazakhstan has expressed its
interest in the joint production of aerospace equipment.
The two sides are also interested in repair, maintenance and
upgrade of the military equipment and setting up joint ventures.
The two ministers exchanged views to further strengthen
bilateral defence cooperation, including through training and defence
Bilateral cooperation in the defence sector has strengthened
over the last few years with programmes in military education and training,
such as Youth Exchange Programme (YEP) between cadet corps, as well as annual
joint military exercises.
Lt Gen Yermekbayev thanked India for deploying Kazakh troops
in the Indian battalion in United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
They agreed that both sides must look at the possibility of
defence industrial collaboration of mutual interest.