India-Brazil defence panel aims to explore co-development and co-production

by Dave

The first meeting of the India-Brazil joint defence committee, with a focus on taking advantage of each other’s defence production capabilities, will be held here on Wednesday.

While the Brazilian delegation will be led by Admiral Gilberto Max Roffe Hirschfeld, the Indian side will be headed by additional secretary R K Mathur. The meeting aims to build upon the existing bilateral defence cooperation agreement to explore co-development and co-production in aeronautics, ship-building and sub-systems such as software, avionics and ordnance.

The meeting comes ahead of the navies of India, Brazil and South Africa hold trilateral IBSAMAR wargames off the African coast next month — the first edition of which was held in May 2008 — to bring together the maritime forces of three dynamic democracies and economies from three continents under one umbrella.

Incidentally, India has been acquiring some aircraft from Brazil, which has a well-developed aeronautical and defence industry, over the years. This includes the procurement of five Embraer 135-BT Legacy executive jets for VVIP travel in a Rs 727-crore contract inked in September 2003.

India is also acquiring three Embraer-145 jets for its mini-AWACS (airborne warning and control systems) project, under which indigenous AEW&C systems developed by DRDO will be mounted on the aircraft.