Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Poland Keen to Sell Tank Recovery Vehicles

As Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk flies into New Delhi tomorrow, India is said to be mulling over Poland’s offer to supply to it tank recovery vehicles. The Indo-Polish defence cooperation will figure prominently during talks between the visiting dignitary and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here tomorrow. Defence Minister A K Antony will be part of the Indian delegation at the talks, signally the importance India attaches to burgeoning defence relationship with Poland.

The proposal for selling tank recovery vehicles was made by Poland during Antony’s visit to Warsaw in April for a meeting of the joint working group (JWG) on defence cooperation between the two countries. The two sides have also been discussing various other defence-related issues, particularly joint training programmes. Poland can help India upgrade Indian T-72 tanks, BMP II infantry combat vehicles and a variety of air defence systems purchased from the former Soviet Union. But more than defence ties, it is the prospect of a quantum jump in economic ties with Poland that excites New Delhi.

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