• Short Summary

    Air Marshal Pavel Koutakhov, the Soviet Airforce Chief, flew into New Delhi on Saturday (30 October) , to begin a six-day visit to India during which he is expected to hold a series of meetings with India's service chiefs and defence officials on the country's defence needs.

  • Description

    Air Marshal Pavel Koutakhov, the Soviet Airforce Chief, flew into New Delhi on Saturday (30 October) , to begin a six-day visit to India during which he is expected to hold a series of meetings with India's service chiefs and defence officials on the country's defence needs.

    The Air Marshal was welcomed at the airport by Air Chief Marshal P.C. Lal, and other high-ranking Indian Airforce officials, before inspecting a guard of honour. Not long afterwards, Air Marshal Koutakhov conferred with Indian Defence Minister, Mr. Jagjivan Ram, and also presented him with a model of a Soviet aircraft sent by the Soviet Airforce. The Indian Defence Chiefs are thought likely to press for the continuity of supplies of spares for Russian equipment already in operation. At present the Soviet Union is India's largest arms supplier, but Reuter quotes observers as believing the Russians may be concerned in case Mrs. Gandhi, the Prime Minister, is sounding out the possibilities of arms purchases form Western countries she is now touring.

    SYNOPSIS: The airport at New Delhi where the Soviet Union's Airforce Chief, Air Marshal Pavel Koutakhov arrived on a special flight from Moscow on Saturday to begin a six-day visit, during which he is expected to hold a series of meetings with Indian Service Chiefs on the country's defence needs. India's Air Chief Marshal Lal was at the airport with other officials to greet him.

    Air Chief Marshal Lal introduced his guest to a group of defence officials before inviting him to inspect a guard of honour.

    Air Marshal Koutakhov was keen to begin his scheduled round of talks, and wasted little time at the airport. His flight had been a day late in arriving. It is thought to have been refused permission to fly over Pakistan en-route.

    At the Ministry of Defence, Air Marshal Koutakhov met Indian Defence Minister, Mr. Jagjivan Ram (PAUSE 5 SECONDS). The Soviet Union is India's largest supplier of arms, and Indian Defence Chiefs are thought likely to press for continuity of supplies of spares for Russian equipment now in operation.

    Journalists and commentators in India believe the Soviet Union is anxious to maintain its present role as main supplier, in view of the likelihood that Mrs. Gandhi may be examining possible arms purchases from the West. Here, Air Marshal Koutakhov presents Mr. Ram with a model from the Soviet Airforce.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4H24RSB2FJ5SEGLW64W1ZC37V
    Media URN:
    VLVA4H24RSB2FJ5SEGLW64W1ZC37V
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/10/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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