India-Russia to sign Defence Logistics Agreement by year end
India and Russia are finalizing Defence Logistics Agreement that will enable seamless access to military bases and support facilities. The formal agreement is to be signed between the countries by the end of 2020.
The Agreement will help to simplify interoperability, enable support of military platforms such as aircraft and warships. Also, the agreement will help India receive steady supply of weapons under Emergency Purchase Clause. The warships of the countries will get access to mutual ports and exclusive economic zones under the agreement. This will help in refueling and picking up supplies.
Under the agreement, Russian vessels can access Vishakhapatnam and Mumbai ports for refueling. India can access Russian parts of Arctic. India is looking at Arctic station near future.
Benefits for India
Indian Navy has a significant strength of Russian made warships. The agreement will help the ships to smoothly transit through exercises. Also the air force will find it easier to deploy aircraft for joint exercises.
India and Russia are planning to relaunch Chennai-Vladivostok shipping route under their emerging Indo-Pacific region partnership.
Logistics Defence Agreement
India has similar Logistics Defence Agreement with USA, France and Australia. India is holding talks to finalize similar agreement with Japan.