India on 5 December 2016 inked an agreement with Hanoi to train the pilots of Vietnam's fleet of Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30MK2 'Flanker F' multirole combat aircraft.
The agreement was signed in New Delhi by Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his Vietnamese counterpart, General Ngo Xuan Lich.
Key highlights of the agreement
Both India and Vietnam operate Russian Su-30 jets. However, the two countries’ models differ slightly in their configuration. India operates over 200 Su-30MKI fighters and nine Kilo-class diesel electric submarines.
Both the countries have been steadily enhancing their cooperation, especially in the defence sector, against the backdrop of the growing assertiveness of China in the region.
Bilateral ties between Indian and Vietnam recently received a further impetus when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Vietnam in September 2016.
What: To be trained by India