India, Italy to Boost Defense Ties with Joint Ventures

Italy, a supplier of military and defence equipment to India, has proposed the two countries join forces in research and development of defence products.

‘Defense News’ reports that during a November 15-16 visit to New Delhi, Lorenzo Forceri, Italian deputy defence minister, said the two governments have decided to turn their 2003 memorandum of understanding on transfer of defence equipment, technical assistance and defence industrial cooperation into a formal agreement, which is likely to be signed shortly.

“Italy has proposed [to] the Indian government to finalize government-to-government agreements to cooperate with India on specific [defence] programs,” Forceri said following talks with M.M. Pallam Raju, Indian deputy defence minister.

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