NEW DELHI 11/DEC/2014: In a major boost to India\'s defence sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a joint statement with Vladimir Putin a on Thursday said that Russia has offered to fully manufacture in India one of its most advanced helicopters.
\"Russia has been India\'s foremost defence partner through decades. Even as India\'s options have increased today, Russia will remain our most important defence partner,\" PM Modi said. \"We have conducted joint exercises across all three wings of the Armed Forces in the last six months,\" he added.
Modi said that he discussed a broad range of new defence projects with Putin. \"I am pleased that Russia has offered to fully manufacture in India one of its most advanced helicopters. It includes the possibility of exports from India. It can be used for both military and civilian use. We will follow up on this quickly,\" Modi said. \"We also discussed how to align our defence relations to India\'s own priorities, including Make in India,\" he added.