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India, Malaysia to deepen cooperation in security, defence: PM Modi

  • India and Malaysia plan to exchange notes on exploiting common military platforms and upgrading joint training exercises as part of a new thrust in defence relations agreed upon during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kuala Lumpur.
  • India and Malaysia signed two MoUs on Cooperation on Cyber Security and Cooperation in Project Delivery and an agreement on Cultural Exchange Programme for 2015-2020.
  • The two countries decided to set up a ‘Su 30 forum’, a joint platform that will exchange information on training, and technical support of the fleet.
  • The potent Su 30 fighter – India flies the customised MKI version while Malaysia operates the MKM variant – is being operated in the largest numbers by the Indian Air Force that will eventually get 272 of the jets.
  • Maintenance expertise as well as spares developed by state-run Hindustan Aeronautics could also be shared with Malaysia, PM added.
  • Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said a New convention Centre will be built in New Delhi under government to government contract.
  • The two nations have decided to upgrade joint exercises under the Harimau Shakti series.
  • India and Malaysia will also form a joint mechanism to share information for humanitarian assistance, disaster relief as well as merchant shipping traffic.

Source: EconomicTimes

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